WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe met with members of the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues of importance to the area.
“As always, it is a pleasure to meet with members of one of Oklahoma’s many great communities and hear the issues they consider most important,” said Senator Inhofe. “I’ve been to the Lawton area twice in the last four weeks, and I’m proud to see that the commitment to Oklahoma’s military communities remains steadfast and strong."
During the meetings, the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber expressed that their number one priority remains the production of the Non-Line-of-Sight Cannon (NLOS-C), which will be manufactured in nearby Elgin.
Congressional cuts over the past two years have put pressure on the program. Senator Inhofe agreed that full funding of NLOS-C and Future Combat Systems is vital to the nation and of great importance to Fort Sill.
“I have been fighting for 11 years, since the days of Crusader, for the next generation of Army artillery, and I will continue to do so as we consider fiscal year 2009 defense spending," said Senator Inhofe. “Additionally, I look forward to supporting further progress at Fort Sill, building on the recent success of the Air Defense Artillery School and the Joint Fires and Effects Training System.”
Dr. Sylvia Burgess, Chairman of the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce, said, "The Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber members are delighted to have an opportunity to visit with Senator Inhofe. As always, he continues to be responsive to the challenges and opportunities for our community, and is consistently proactive in working with us to improve quality of life and economic development initiatives."
“I am pleased that we were able to convey our community’s priorities and appreciate Senator Inhofe’s support. The visit was extremely productive and highlighted by visits with the Secretary of the Army, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Commander U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command,” said Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Toney Stricklin, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Oklahoma (West).