Arkansas Military

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?

Office of the Governor

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is temporarily closing the state's nine storefront National Guard recruitment centers as officials review their security following last week's attacks on two military facilities in Tennessee.

U.S.S. Little Rock
Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin will debut its first-ever live stream launch of the future USS Little Rock on Friday at the Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin. 

The warship, named after the Arkansas capital city, is the latest in the line of the nation’s new fast and mobile small surface Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) that is intended for stealth combat operations close to the shore.

Chris Hickey / KUAR News

Two U.S. Army privates who were attacked outside of a Little Rock recruiting center in 2009 were awarded with Purple Hearts Wednesday. Military personnel, members of Arkansas's congressional delegation, families and other dignitaries gathered in the State Capitol Rotunda to honor them.

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Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

A Pentagon official confirmed that a decision on the $30 billion award for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle project remains on schedule for an award in the fiscal fourth quarter, which for the U.S. military concludes at the end of September, Talk Business & Politics has learned.

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