First Texas National Guard troops move into new Eagle Pass base

Gov. Greg Abbott inaugurated the base, which will be able to house at least 1,800 troops when construction is finished. Credit Kaylee Greenlee Beal for The Texas Tribune

By Alejandro Serrano
Courtesy of The Texas Tribune
MAY 31, 2024–EAGLE PASS — Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday welcomed the first group of Texas National Guard troops to move into a new 80-acre base being built here as part of the state’s $11 billion border initiative.
The base, located on the southern edge of the city, has a dining hall with chef-served meals, dorms that will give each soldier a room and a pavilion where troops can have picnics or put up a basketball hoop. Three hundred troops — who have been living in hotels and other temporary lodging in the region and commuting up to an hour to the border — moved in Friday morning, marching single file with their backpacks and rifles into the food hall.
Officials estimate the base will help the state save $11.5 million a month in…