WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement Wednesday (May 18) upon passage of the National Defense Authorization Act:
“A strong national defense is important to our security and Arkansans play an important role,” Westerman said. “In the Fourth Congressional District, we have several thousand citizens going to work each day building components for the F-35 bomber, building munitions, and doing numerous other duties to help keep America safe. The National Defense Authorization Act keeps our country safe through the hard work of proud Americans in places like Camden, Pine Bluff, Texarkana, and Sebastian County, all of which support major military operations. I am proud to have voted to keep America safe and I’m thankful for all the Arkansans who make our safety a reality.”
The NDAA included an amendment introduced by Westerman that directs the construction of 20 additional surface-to-air PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) at Highland Industrial Park in Camden. The missiles are part of the Patriot Air Defense system utilized by the Army.