Hello Central Texas!

In case you didn’t already know, I’m the Fort Hood Area TREPAC Chair for 2015.  With that I will be making a sound effort to both educate Central Texas about the importance of this great state’s largest and most influential political action committee and to solicit your participation and support.

TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) is an organization designed around protecting the American Dream of home ownership.  To many that might not sound like a huge issue, but once you’re on the inside and see the damaging legislation that repeatedly gets pushed before our governing bodies, you come face to face with the fight and what’s at stake.

I won’t go into detail in this first writing about the specific proposals we stand against, but will be in the near future.  Right now, I’m trying to get the word out about a critical meeting that’s coming up in two weeks:

Fort Hood Community Listening Session
Hosted by:  the Commanding General, Fort Hood and The Heart of Texas Defense Alliance
Subject:  Army End Strength Reductions
Location:  Killeen Civic and Conference Center, Ballrooms A & B
March 24th, 2015, at 6:00 p.m.

I hope the hosts and the subject carry the weight of this meeting to anyone reading this letter.  This is not idle chit-chat.  Information used from these meetings helps the DOD in their decision making process for the next BRAC announcements (Base Realignment and Closure).  This meeting is held at posts around the country and area turnout plays an enormous role in the message sent back to Washington.

This is our community’s one and only chance to show our support and express the importance of the continued strength and troop levels at Fort Hood.  This meeting is specifically designed for local, state, and federal leaders to hear direct from the public about the significance of the base we support and the impact it has on the local area.

Your attendance is imperative.  It doesn’t matter if you work in the real estate industry.  Your trade is irrelevant.  If you live here, if you have a job here, if you own a home here, then this meeting concerns you and your family’s future.  There’s a good reason why you live here, and whether directly or not, Fort Hood plays a role in the economics of your household.

Be at the meeting, speak when you have the opportunity.  Express to those listening about why you live here and what this community means to you.  Let your voice be heard and send a clear message back to our elected leaders that Fort Hood needs to stay strong and continue to grow.

I look forward to seeing everyone there!


Michael E. Linnemann
VP, Fort Hood Area Association of Realtors