Sep 30, 2020

Top U.S. Officials Visit the Brazos Valley in September

Steve Fullhart

A number of top U.S. officials in the health and defense arenas visited the Brazos Valley in the month of September, stopping at our major research institutions, a top bio facility and a major defense complex under construction.

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx spent part of September 23 meeting with Texas A&M University leadership, community stakeholders and students after a tour of the FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies facility, which the federal government has reserved to mass produce vaccines through the end of 2021.

On September 28, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams met with Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young, several top administrators and four students to discuss innovations and issues related to COVID-19. They also visited FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies.

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy visited the RELLIS Campus September 30 to see construction underway at the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex and hear from Texas A&M University System experts about the one-of-a-kind military modernization center. McCarthy also saw the locations for two soon-to-be-built test ranges, one for hypersonic delivery systems, the other for battlefield communications and autonomous vehicles.