November 9, 2018

WEEK IN REVIEW 

To start off this week's From the Front... I would like to thank the Schmidt family from Fort Smith and all the Arkansans who stopped by my Washington office during their visits to our nation’s capital. Safe travels back to the Natural State.

Our district work period continued this week.

I joined The Boys Shelter to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary. It was a pleasure to spend time with foster families and advocates to talk about the importance of helping children in need. Every child deserves to grow up in a healthy, safe, and loving home. Whether it’s a family or a shelter, committed members of our district are lending a helping hand. Together, we will work to ensure that every child has a chance at the full and healthy future they deserve. The dedication of The Boys Shelter and families throughout our state to helping and providing safe havens to Arkansas’s children truly enriches our community.

On Tuesday, I spoke to law enforcement officers, workplace security personnel, school officials, mental health professionals, and other public safety leaders who were receiving threat assessment and risk management training. The National Threat Assessment Center, which is part of the U.S. Secret Service, led the conference and shared their expertise on how stakeholders can prevent and identify targeted violence risks. Safety, security, and preparedness are issues important to Arkansans and all Americans. It is necessary to ensure that people in our community have the tools needed to assess security vulnerabilities, identify and implement the most effective safeguards, and support our first responders to the greatest extent possible. A special thank you to the NTAC, Secret Service, and Walmart for organizing this important training.

Leadership is vital to all aspects of life. I spoke to representatives from Arvest Bank about the importance of being a leader who guides, inspires, and motivates their team. I shared my experiences as a platoon leader and the skills that were important to delivering results. I was the man responsible for my unit, and it was critical that my soldiers knew they could rely on me. Whether it’s a business decision, moving legislation or executing a military operation, leaderships skills are essential to success

I then headed over to Cross Church for its weekly summit event, which brings together Northwest Arkansan business leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs to hear stories and insights from community members. I had the privilege of interviewing two amazing WWII veterans. Pat Patterson and Chuck Hurl of Bella Vista shared their wartime experiences. It's remarkable to hear about the bravery and courage of the Greatest Generation firsthand. They lived through a time when democracy was at threat and the future was uncertain. They fought back, and we owe our freedom to their service. God bless our veterans. Read more about the event here: link.

As many of you know, I am the Chairman of the United States Military Academy (USMA) Board of Visitors (BOV). Today, I am at West Point for a BOV meeting to discuss institutional objectives and issues of note. The USMA BOV is charged with inquiring into the morale and discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the academy that the board decides to consider. It’s truly a privilege to serve as a voice in guiding this exemplary institution.

I look forward to getting back to Washington next week to continue fighting for the people of Arkansas’s Third District. Remember to keep an eye on my website or check out my Twitter and Instagram pages to stay up-to-date with the latest news from the Third District and Washington.

 

VETERANS DAY MESSAGE

Each year since 1919, our nation pauses to remember and honor the courageous men and women who have defended freedom and democracy. Throughout history, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have taken an oath to defend America's interests and ideals, all while establishing a legacy as the finest fighting force in the world. Our veterans embody the ideals that have made America great – valor, honor, and love of country.

I am also humbled to have had the privilege of wearing a uniform and standing with America’s best defenders. I had the honor of serving our nation and Arkansas for more than 30 years in the Arkansas Army National Guard. I have seen firsthand the selfless commitment and bravery of our fine Arkansas Guards members while deployed overseas in Sinai, Egypt. Through every challenge and conflict that has tested the fabric of our nation, the service of our military has never wavered. 

It is because of our veterans that our flag flies high and remains a sign of hope and liberty throughout the world. Our soldiers, have been – and continue to be – the greatest force for freedom and democracy ever. May we always honor the military members who have put their lives on the line, or paid the ultimate sacrifice, to protect our country. To our heroes: Thank you. 

Happy Veterans Day! May God bless our veterans, those currently serving, their families, and the United States of America. 

"We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause." – Ronald Reagan

From the front...


Congressman Steve Womack
Arkansas Third District


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