Arkansas Military

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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.

Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas delivered the national Republican Radio Address on June 27, 2015. The following is a transcript:

Hi I’m Senator John Boozman from Arkansas.


In an era where we face growing challenges from China and Russia as well as the persistent threat of terrorism, Republicans and Democrats alike say they want the United States to maintain its military dominance.

The commander of the Little Rock Air Force Base says an SUV jumped a curb and knocked over a street sign near the base's front gate before the driver got out with a rifle.

Col. Charles Brown Jr. said guards began firing after seeing the man was armed and quickly recognized it as a threat. The base hasn't released the man's name, but says he's in critical condition at a hospital.

Brown said at a news conference that he didn't know whether the man fired his weapon at the scene. He says the base is secure.

Lockheed Martin Rivals Ready To Compete For JLTV Project Despite Arkansas Efforts

May 28, 2015
Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin

Although Lockheed Martin has firm support for an $87 million financing package from the state of Arkansas, a Washington, D.C.-based defense budget expert said there is no reason to believe that the Bethesda, Md.-based defense contractor has an advantage over rivals in the high-stakes Joint Light Tactical Vehicle acquisition for 55,000 new tactical ground vehicles for the nation’s military.

A plan to close eight Arkansas Army National Guard armories is scheduled to go before Governor Asa Hutchinson Thursday.

A Guard spokesman says no personnel would be cut and the property would be donated to the cities where they’re located.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the restructuring plan calls for closing armories, also known as readiness centers, in: 

Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula and Pvt. William Long recruiters shot

U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Rep. French Hill say the U.S. Army will award the Purple Heart to two soldiers who were shot outside an Army recruiting station in Little Rock.

Private William Long of Conway was killed and Private Quinton Ezeagwula of Jacksonville was wounded when they were shot in June 2009.

The 2014 Defense Authorization Bill authorizes the Purple Heart to military members killed or wounded in an attack that specifically targets them because they are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or is carried out by a foreign terrorist organization.

Former site of the Little Rock Veterans Home
Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Every veteran nationwide would be eligible for in-state tuition to attend Arkansas’s higher education institutions under a bill passed by the House Education Committee Tuesday. Randy Massanelli, the top lobbyist for the University of Arkansas, spoke in favor.

Cpl. C.G. Bolden

The remains of a U.S. Army soldier from Arkansas who disappeared during the Korean War have been returned to the state after more than 64 years.

The remains of Cpl. C.G. Bolden of Clinton arrived by plane Thursday in Little Rock.

Bolden disappeared in January 1951. His remains were among those in more than 200 boxes of remains returned to the United States by North Korea during the 1990s and were identified in December.

Funeral services for Bolden are scheduled for Saturday morning in Clinton at Roller McNutt Funeral Home.

U.S. Air Force

A portion of a street at the Little Rock Air Force Base will be renamed for an airman killed while protecting one of his daughters from a tornado at Vilonia last April.

This Saturday, the head of the Air National Guard will present the Airman's Medal to the family of Master Sgt. Dan Wassom and preside over the renaming of a street. Wassom was a member of the 189th Airlift Wing.

Gov. Mike Beebe is urging Arkansans to find ways to honor those who have served in the nation's military throughout the year as the state is marking Veterans Day. Speaking at a Veterans Day ceremony in downtown Little Rock, Beebe said Tuesday the nation needs to make sure it recognizes veterans and keeps commitments to them and not just limit honoring them to one day during the year.  Veterans of all ages gathered at the River Market for the annual ceremony, which marks Beebe's last as governor.