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U.S. Senator John Cornyn visits RRAD

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U.S. Senator John Cornyn made a stop in Hooks, Texas.
    
It was to discuss support efforts for securing Red River Army Depot's long-term missions.  
    
During Cornyn's visit Monday, he talked about how close the depot came to being a part of the 2005 round of base closures.
    
While he says some of those challenges still exist, there's a lot of support for the role the facility plays in helping the military accomplish their goals.   
    
Cornyn says it's important to look for additional work for the depot, including contracts from other branches of the military, such as, the marines.

"We know what an important role RRAD plays to our warfighter and national security, but also in terms of the economy here locally, what that means in terms of the multiplier effect, growing the economy," said Senator Cornyn.
 
The depot pours about $1 billion a year into the local economy.
    
The next round of base closures could start in 2017.

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