Arkansas Military

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s was recently awarded a $198.7 million boost to a previous multimillion dollar contract that will enhance production on an anti-ballistic system that President Obama recently touted as a deterrent to North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Hot Springs will soon have a new Civil War museum that will focus on the Trans-Mississippi Theater of the 1861-1865 American conflict.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (bit.ly/1n4xqgu) that The Civil War Museum West is expected to open later this year and will feature a collection of artifacts, flags, photos and other items.

The museum will offer tours through 10 areas of various subjects about the war. Visitors will see collections of swords, guns, bullets, flags, and various other artifacts and Civil War relics.

Lockheed Martin’s Camden-based operations, which is awaiting final word on a bid protest for the $30 billion Joint Light Armored Vehicle contract that went to Oshkosh Defense, will take part in another multi-billion award that will deliver Patriot missiles to U.S. military forces and close allies, company officials said Tuesday.

The federal government is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority over a 2011 fire that destroyed 111 buildings at a World War II-era hospital complex in western Arkansas.

Veterans Day
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Arkansas veterans were recognized by dignitaries in a North Little Rock ceremony Wednesday. The event came as the state Department of Veteran's Affairs begins instituting policy reforms.

 

The 106th Army Band and local Color Guards kicked off the ceremony. Active and former members of the military and their families heard from Governor Asa Hutchinson and others thanking them for their service.

 

“Not all receive medals, not all are recognized, but all deserve the honor of those who serve our country,” Hutchinson said.

 

Gov. Radio Address: Military Matters

Sep 26, 2015
Governor asa hutchinson military
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

The following is a transcript of Gov. Asa Hutchinson's radio address for the weekend of Sept. 25, 2015:

One of the great honors for me as Governor is working with our military community. This past Monday, I visited our men and women in uniform at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.

While there, I announced the formation of the Governor’s Military Affairs Steering Committee, a private-public partnership that will be housed within the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

Governor asa hutchinson military
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A month after an Arkansas factory lost a bid for a $6.75 billion contract to assemble military tactical vehicles, the governor has formed a group to help grow the state's military economy.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced the Governor's Military Affairs Committee on Monday. The organization of public and private leaders will advocate for the state's military installations and their economic development interests.

Hutchinson is spending $400,000 from discretionary funds to start the group and for an economic impact study.

Air force base rammed
U.S. Air Force

The Little Rock Air Force Base has honored two airmen who fatally shot an armed man who intentionally crashed his vehicle into the base's gate.

Larry D. McElroy died a day after the June 15 incident at the Jacksonville base. Authorities say McElroy was driving at least 80 mph when he rammed into the gate. Officials say Sgt. Zachary Freese and Airman 1st Class Codee Smith first tried to help McElroy until the man got out of his SUV with a rifle.

The guards then shot McElroy and he died at a hospital. No one else was injured.

rocket lockheed martin
Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin announced that it had received a $227 million contract from the U.S. Army for the first order of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System alternative warhead, which will be produced at the defense contractor’s missile production facility in Camden.

“GMLRS is a combat proven precision-strike system,” said Ken Musculus, vice president of Tactical Missiles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We are confident that the new GMLRS Alternative Warhead will also provide reliable, highly accurate capability for our domestic and international customers.”

The Confederate soldiers monument at the state Capitol.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

In recent weeks, the battle over Confederate imagery has focused mainly on a flag, but for some the debate naturally extends to other symbols they see as offensive. As Arkansas, like many Southern states, continues to grapple with emblems of its past, the question arises: To what extent are monuments in public places an issue?

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