Fort Hood: New airport security surveillance system unveiled

The new system will allow soldiers who patrolled the airfields to focus on other aspects of their jobs. (Photo by Alex Gibbs)
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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) Fort Hood, Bell County and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new visual surveillance system at Robert Gray Army Airfield and the Killeen Fort Hood Regional Airport Wednesday afternoon.

“It’s about supporting the folks who do the right thing,” said Bell County Judge David Blackburn.

“We were just happy to be one of the participants in the project to help enhance the security here at Fort Hood.”

The main goal of this new surveillance system is to provide more efficient security on flights are coming into Fort Hood as well as the activity around the airfield.

Originally, 15 soldiers patrolled the airfield.

The new system will now allow those soldiers to focus on other aspects of their jobs.

Fort Hood partnered with the Central Texas cities of Killeen, Copperas Cove, Gatesville, Harker Heights and Belton to help raise money to fund the project back in 2017.

Thanks to a $3.1 million Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission and $1 million contributed from Fort Hood, the project was funded.

The local communities’ contribution was $671,250.

The projected total cost of the project was $4.7 million.