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Banks Concludes Three-Day Indiana Defense Tour
Updated August 29, 2017 6:05 AM
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Congressman Banks tours Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center and discusses the country's strategic readiness.
Congressman Banks listens to an explanation of the work Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center does to support the needs of our service members.
Congressman Banks observes training at Camp Atterbury.

(FORT WAYNE) - Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03), the only Hoosier member of the House Armed Services Committee, on Friday evening concluded his three-day Indiana defense tour that began last Wednesday.

During the tour, Congressman Banks visited military installations and industry partners around Indiana to showcase the importance of Indiana's role both nationally and locally in defense interests, research and development and technology.

"Indiana is on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to dealing with future threats to the United States," Banks said. "I learned that all of our defense assets in the Hoosier state work together to deal with these complex problems. The defense sector in our state is a team effort, from Crane, which works with the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center and Camp Atterbury, to Purdue PhD students who are deciding to stay in the Midwest after finishing their degrees. Hoosiers should be proud of the work their neighbors are doing statewide to protect our homeland and advance our security interests globally."

On the tour, Banks visited Grissom Air Reserve Base, Rolls-Royce in Indianapolis, the Indiana National Guard headquarters in Indianapolis, Camp Atterbury, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Crane's Naval Surface Warfare Center and the Indiana Office of Defense Development.

Earlier this year, Banks worked to include several provisions that support Indiana's defense industry in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation passed the House 344 to 81 in July.

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