U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) will launch a four-day long defense tour beginning on Tuesday, October 14 to highlight Arkansas military installations, businesses and jobs that contribute to our national defense and the protection of our nation’s servicemembers.
During the tour, Boozman will meet with Arkansas military installation commanders and troops and visit industry leaders who produce weapons and ammunition for the Department of Defense.
“Our troops deserve the best equipment available to help them execute their missions safely and successfully. We need to maintain a strong national defense -with the most advanced technologies and cutting edge tools -and Arkansas facilities and defense manufacturers play an important role. I look forward to seeing first-hand the newest resources available to our troops and discussing opportunities to improve our defense from industry leaders and our men and women who serve in uniform,” Boozman said.
When Congress returns, lawmakers will debate the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a critical authorization bill that supports our nation’s troops, their families and our military installations. The Department of Defense employs nearly 24,000 Arkansans. Projected defense spending in Arkansas in 2015 is more than $3.3 billion. Boozman wants to ensure that Arkansas remains an important contributor to our nation’s defense. This tour will provide him with information he can bring back to Washington and showcase the importance of Arkansas defense facilities.
The tour includes stops at:
· Red River Army Depot in Texarkana
· Lockheed Martin in Camden
· General Dynamics in Hampton
· Ratheon in Camden
· Aerojet Rocketdyne in Camden
· Spectra Technologies in Camden
· Camp Robinson in North Little Rock
· Power Technology Inc. in Alexander