Mullin Completes Visit to Midwest City, Highlights Defense Community Partnerships

Today, U.S. Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spent the day in Midwest City visiting with local officials, contractors, educators, and residents as part of a busy in-state work period which began early last week. Today’s schedule highlighted the Senator’s support for Oklahoma’s growing aerospace industry, defense installations, and the communities that support Oklahoma’s proud military footprint.

First, Senator Mullin returned to Tinker Air Force Base (AFB) to visit with base leadership and Congresswoman Stephanie Bice (R-OK) to discuss how Tinker AFB is expanding cybersecurity and software capabilities to combat emerging threats. During the meeting, the Senator also spoke with Lt. Gen. Stacey Hawkins, Brig. Gen. Brian Moore, and Blade Diagnostics Director Stephen Gray about force readiness, advanced manufacturing, and F-135 propulsion and engine modernization. Senator Mullin shared an update on some of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s bipartisan priorities for the year. Click HERE for more photos of Senator Mullin’s visit to Tinker AFB.

Senator Mullin then visited with Midwest City Mayor Matt Dukes, City Manager Tim Lyon, and other city leadership to receive an important update on some of the city’s pressing issues, including economic development plans, and aging wastewater infrastructure. City leadership spoke with the Senator about expanding telemedicine services and the city’s need for additional nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Midwest City officials also talked about the vital relationship between the city and Tinker AFB and shared their mission to improve the quality of life for all city residents, Airmen, and military families. Click HERE for more photos of Senator Mullin’s meeting with Midwest City leadership.

The Senator stopped by Rose State College (RSC) for an important meeting with President Jeanie Webb, RSC Foundation VP Cindy Mikeman, and RSC Foundation Director Adam Bush to discuss RSC’s new 4-year degree program in cybersecurity and their workforce development priorities. Senator Mullin also visited RSC’s Tanenbaum Center for Aerospace and Cybersecurity to learn more about how RSC is graduating hundreds of career-ready students to meet Oklahoma’s growing defense industry needs. Click HERE for more photos of Senator Mullin’s tour and meeting with Rose State College.

Senator Mullin concluded the day at Tomcat Aviation, a family-owned Department of Defense (DOD) subcontractor and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified repair station in Midwest City that services jet engines such as the F-135 and F-119. During the visit, Senator Mullin heard from Tomcat Aviation President John Coates and his staff about how their 57 employees are overhauling aircraft engines to promote readiness for our most critical warplanes. The Senator also received a tour of the repair facility. Click HERE for more photos of Senator Mullin meeting with Tomcat Aviation.