Temple Chamber joins Texas Coalition of Defense Communities to better serve Texas’ military missions
At the beginning of May 2023, the Temple Chamber of Commerce joined the Texas Coalition of Defense Communities (TCDC), created by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. This coalition was created to take a collective approach to advocating for policies, legislation, and initiatives that impact military missions – active, guard, and reserve. Texas’ military installations, infrastructure and personnel generate more than 136.6 billion to the state’s economy and make invaluable contributions to national security.
“Texas is the proud home to 15 military installations and the U.S. Army Futures Command, as our support for our nation’s military remains unwavering,” said Governor Greg Abbott. “This coalition and its partners will play an important role in helping attract more military missions to Texas, ensure our brave men and women in uniform can benefit from the best economic opportunities, and bring together community and business leaders in military communities at the state and federal level. I look forward to working with the TCDC as we continue to support our nation's military and service members across Texas.”
TCDC partners include civic and business leadership of Texas’ military-connected communities and organizations that best represent the most active and engaged members from a business, industry, and economic development perspective. Current partners include:
“Texas Coalition of Defense Communities brings together local Chambers and organizations from all over Texas who have a direct connection to one or more of the 15 military installations. We are here to add strength to the message radiating out from the group to maintain a strong commitment and support for the military and our local economies,” says Rod Henry, Temple Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.
TCDC will speak with one voice to our state and federal representatives, spearheading important advocacy on items that impact the state of Texas’ military missions.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce hosted the 38th annual Military & First Responder Salute: An American Celebration, presented by the American Legion Post #133 and H-E-B on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. The event returned to the traditional in-person luncheon at the Mayborn Convention Center for the first time since 2019.
Hundreds of business community members united to celebrate and honor the Central Texas military, veterans, and first responders.
Active-duty soldiers from Temple’s Central Texas Military Partners at Fort Hood including, III Armored Corps, 1st Cavalry Division, 13th ESC, Garrison Command, and the 1st Medical Brigade, along with the 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ABCT)/Texas Army National Guard located in Temple were part of the celebration.
Veterans through the American Legion Post #133 and VFW Post #1820 were also part of the celebration.
A group of Veterans from the William R. Courtney State Veterans Home also attended the event. This group of a dozen veterans included a World Ward II Veteran, Purple Heart recipients, and Bronze Star and Silver Star recipients. Bell County First Responders led a special procession for the veterans, escorting them from the Central Texas Veterans Health Care Campus to the Mayborn.
Beginning in 2020, the Chamber incorporated First Responders into this annual recognition event. Local law enforcement, fire and rescue, EMS, and medical and health care professionals rounded out the honorees at this year’s event.
This year’s event included a special presentation by Major General John B. Richardson IV, commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Regiment/Fort Hood.
The Chamber was proud to bring the business community together to salute those who have given so much.
Through this event, the Chamber united the business community and saluted and honored those who have given so much.
Photos from the 38th Military & First Responder Salute can be found at templechamber.com/mfrs2022.
The Temple Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the 38th annual Military & First Responder Salute: An American Celebration, presented by the American Legion Post #133 and H-E-B on Tuesday, October 25, 2022. The event will take place from 11:15 am to 1:00 pm at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple.
“The 38th Military & First Responder Salute is significant for many reasons,” said Rod Henry, President and CEO of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. “First, we are returning to the traditional luncheon event at Mayborn Convention Center.”
The annual event was last held in-person at the Mayborn Convention Center in 2019. As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, both the 2020 and 2021 events were reimagined to virtual presentations and drive-thru lunch to go events. The past two years, the Chamber, H-E-B Partners, and business community volunteers prepared and served hamburger boxed lunches for Temple’s Central Texas Military Partners, veterans, first responders, and the community.
“Second, we continue the appreciation of the Armed Forces through representation from Fort Hood and the Texas Army National Guard in Temple and our local veteran community,” Henry continued.
Active-duty soldiers from Temple’s Central Texas Military Partners the 13th ESC/Fort Hood, 1st Medical Brigade/Fort Hood, and Garrison Command/Fort Hood, along with the 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ABCT)/Texas Army National Guard located in Temple, are invited as honored guests. As are veterans through local veterans’ organizations including the American Legion Post #133 and VFW Post #1820.
“Finally, we are embracing the women and men who as First Responders, protect and serve our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” expressed Henry.
Beginning in 2020, the Chamber incorporated First Responders into this annual recognition event. Local law enforcement, fire and rescue, EMS, and medical and health care professionals will continue to be invited as honored guests.
This year’s event includes a special presentation by Major General John B. Richardson IV, commanding general of the 1st Cavalry Regiment/Fort Hood.
Through this annual tradition, the Chamber unites the business community to give back and honor those who have given so much.
Further event information can be found at www.templechamber.com. For more information, contact the Temple Chamber of Commerce at (254) 773-2105.