Hutchinson praises new Fort Smith military training mission

“The sound of jet engines is the sound of freedom.”

Video Transcript

- Also today in Fort Smith, the Mid-America Aerospace and Defense Summit. This event brought together industry experts and government leaders that included an industry trade show with companies from Arkansas, Oklahoma and other states as well. The governor was there, and he spoke about the new military training mission just announced in Fort Smith.

ASA HUTCHINSON: And now to have those fighter jets returning. And the sound of jet engines is the sound of freedom. And so it was exciting to see us win this, but also the impact that it has on the economy, people moving here, the economic boost that it will bring.

- And you know, once the international training mission is fully underway it's expected to create an economic impact for the state between $800 million. And $1 billion dollars annually.