Crane, Ind. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the House Armed Services Committee, today finished her three-day Defense Tour throughout Indiana. Walorski spent the day touring the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division (NSWCC), which is the principal tenant command located at Naval Support Activity Crane. NSWCC is the third largest naval installation in the world, employing roughly 3,300 people and including broad variety of development and support operations.
Over the course of the tour, Walorski has 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. During the tour at NSWCC, Walorski discussed the importance of Indiana manufacturing, problem-solving and ingenuity as a leading contributor to national defense programs around the world.
“Today’s visit is a great way to end my defense tour and highlight why southern Indiana is a leader in defense operations. There is no question that Crane’s contributions to both the Navy and the nation are invaluable to keeping Americans safe,” said Walorski. “As I head back to Washington, rest assured I’ll continue to be an advocate for Indiana’s defense industry and ensure the rest of the country and the world knows that Hoosiers are vital to our national security and deserve our recognition and gratitude for the incredible work they do on our country’s behalf.”
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.
Walorski’s tour began Tuesday in South Bend, where she toured Honeywell’s aircraft wheels and brakes manufacturing facility and the AM General test track, where she rode in a HMMWV (Humvee®) vehicle, which is produced in South Bend for military use overseas. She then traveled to Fort Wayne to visit the 122nd Fighter Wing base and finished the day with a tour of the $39 million BAE Systems facility along with Rep. Marlin Stutzman. On Wednesday, Walorski spoke at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial, led a defense roundtable with leaders from the defense industry and university officials from around the state, and also toured Rolls-Royce’s LiftFan facility, where jet engines for the F-35B are manufactured.
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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.