INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the House Armed Services Committee, today finished the second of her multi-city defense tour around Indiana. In honor of Veteran’s Day, Walorski’s second day of the tour began at the Indianapolis War Memorial where she spoke at city’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Walorski then led a defense roundtable with industry leaders including Col. Schwartz, commander of the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base, and Adjutant General of Indiana Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr. She concluded the second day of the tour with a visit to the Rolls-Royce LiftFan factory, which manufacturers jet engines for F-35B’s.
“From the jet engine assembly line in Indianapolis to partnering with defense industry leaders from around the state, Hoosiers are vital to our national security and deserve our recognition and gratitude. I think Hoosiers needs to know that when we talk about defense in the state of Indiana, we’re talking about thousands of jobs, and today on Veterans Day, we honor our brave men and women and their families who sacrifice so much for the sake of our freedom,” Walorski said. “I want to thank everyone in Indianapolis who participated in today’s events, including those who attended the defense roundtable to highlight Indiana’s defense industry and we how can continue to grow our assets and become a national model for the rest of the country to follow.”
According to the Indiana Business Resource Center, “the prominence of the defense industry in Indiana may be one of the most important untold stories of the past decade.” In addition to being a leader in the defense industry, Indiana’s defense contracts also support high-paying jobs. According to the IMPLAN model used to estimate the economic impact of the defense industry, the estimated average compensation for direct defense-supported jobs was nearly $20,000 greater than Indiana’s average compensation per worker for all jobs.
The tour concludes Thursday at Crane’s Naval Surface Warfare Center.
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Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.