Houston Task Force Striving to Preserve Ellington Field’s Recent Gains
Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base has picked up a variety of new missions and personnel after losing an F-16 squadron due to BRAC 2005, but elected officials and business leaders in Houston realize they will have to continue lobbying on behalf of the facility to ensure it survives any further base closure rounds.
Since 2005, Ellington Field has become the headquarters for National Guard and Reserve units from all branches of the military. It is home to more than 6,000 personnel, up from 1,500 in 2008, reported the Houston Chronicle.
“We’re guardedly optimistic,” John Martinec, director of Ellington Field Task Force, told the paper.
Avoiding closure isn’t the group’s only goal. “We don’t just need to be concerned about keeping Ellington here, but we have to grow it, we have to expand there so we can be sure that it’s less vulnerable to closure in the future,” said Houston City Councilman Mike Sullivan.