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U.S. Army selects Austin as host for new Army Futures Command

AUSTIN, Texas (KETK) - On Friday, the U.S. Army announced Austin has been selected as the host for the new Army Futures Command.

Following the announcement, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz issued the following statement in support:

“The Army made the right choice for Futures Command, and I have been honored to help to bring it home to Texas,” Sen. Cruz said. “With the innovation and business growth occurring around our state, the many high-tech companies, and dozens of companies that supply all manner of advanced technology to our military, Texas is uniquely positioned to ensure the Army succeeds in this new mission. As Futures Command is established, I am eager to continue working with the Army to ensure they are ready to preserve peace and deter aggression.”

Sen. Cruz has been a leading advocate for Texas to host the new Army Futures Command, and recently penned a letter to Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy. He also joined Sen. John Cornyn and 13 members of the Texas Delegation in sending a letter to Secretary of the Army Mark Esper advocating for the Army’s expansion into Texas.

Sen. Cornyn also praised the move.

"Austin's dynamic growth, access to top research institutions like the University of Texas, and proximity to innovative tech and business industries make the city a strong choice for the new Army Futures Command," said Sen. Cornyn.  "I look forward to supporting this new Command as it develops technologies to carry our nation's warfighters into the future."

Governor Greg Abbott applauded the Army's move, as well, and released the following statement:

“The legacy of America’s freedom depends in part on the ability of our Armed Forces to remain at the forefront of technological advancement, expand our military’s power to assess threats, and modernize our defense. The State of Texas is proud to partner with the U.S. Army in establishing the Futures Command to harness the cutting-edge technologies needed to build an innovative, research-based foundation for our national defense. This sweeping reorganization of the Army’s military efforts adds to the historic connection between Texas and the U.S. military, and I am proud of their presence in the Lone Star State.”

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