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Lots of activity going on at Ellington Airport

"Grow the Army" project is having big local impact

Houston Airport System
October 1, 2010

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A new battle command training center is just one of the highlights of the overall expansion program.

From military construction and returning army forces—Ellington airport has its share of hustle and bustle going on.

Dump trucks, graders and Army Corps of Engineer crews are hard at work completing the largest construction project Ellington Airport has seen in more than 30 years.

“Over $100 million in construction projects are scheduled for completion by the end of the year,” said Major Mark Williford, public affairs officer for the 75th Battle Command Training Division. “Ellington is truly a joint military facility which is home to the Coast Guard as well as the Army, Navy and Marine Corps Reserve units and is a critical location to respond to natural disasters.”

The new construction has been designated under the Grow the Army project, designed to strengthen the U.S. military forces.

Ten buildings are under construction and when they are completed, additional Army National Guard and reserve units will relocate to Ellington.

One particular building is a battle command training center complete with state-of-the-art computerized equipment.

“Commanders and officers will be able to simulate war games which will allow them to exercise their executive leadership and sharpen their skills,” said Williford.

“This will be a tremendous cost benefit to the Army Reserve as travel and logistical costs will be streamlined,” noted Major General Eldon Regua, 75th division commander.

“The new technology will literally save millions in training expenses.” Soldiers returning to Ellington A warm homecoming was waiting at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) for members of the 4005th US Army Hospital.

The unit, which is made up of almost 40 doctors, nurses and paramedics based out of Ellington Airport, arrived home to Houston in a crush of camouflage in Terminal A.

“Just glad to be back, glad to be back,” said Captain Matthew Hines. “Been a long, long time.” They were deployed to Afghanistan last September and now, their return is being celebrated by relatives.

“It's just overwhelming whenever they come back,” said Megan Hill, whose brother returned home. “You’re just so grateful when you finally see that they’re safe.”

The mission for the 4005th was to train Afghan doctors and their medics in combat tactics and battlefield medicine. Those on the mission say the language barrier was difficult but they believe they made a powerful impact in Afghanistan.

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