Activity at the Curtis Field airport in Brady is going to pick up later this year as city officials made plans Tuesday to house 300 military personnel on the premises for 45-60 days beginning sometime in September. The troops will be taking part in a military battle simulation originating at Fort Hood and will set up command centers at the airport. “These troops will provide a real economic impact for the community,” said Airport Manager Joe Mosier. “They will be eating at the restaurants and visiting the local merchants as well as purchasing fuel for their vehicles and aircraft.” In addition to the troops, another runway extension of 500 feet will also begin this fall as part of a $2 million grant from the TxDOT aviation division. The runway extension is part of an ongoing plan to utilize the airport for the economic development of the area. By lengthening the runway, larger and faster aircraft will be able to land at the local field. This will also expand the capabilities of the new airplane painting business, Texas Aerocolor which is currently in the process of building a new hangar. Mosier has been working to develop plans and to procure grants to fund further expansion projects. There are plans still in the very early stages that would get the necessary funds from the state to expand the runway and airport facilities to accommodate an aircraft repair and maintenance operation that has expressed an interest in moving to Brady.