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Congressman Ron Barber

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona


Aug 27, 2013
Press Release
Congressman bringing undersecretary of the Army to meet with soldiers, business leaders and military contractors

TUCSON – U.S. Rep. Ron Barber is hosting Undersecretary of the Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal for a two-day tour of Southern Arizona defense contractors and Fort Huachuca.

“I have invited Dr. Westphal to Southern Arizona so he can see first-hand our essential defense installations and industry,” Barber said today. “The military and our partners in the defense industry are critical to the economic future of Southern Arizona. And I am committed to doing everything I can to protect and grow the missions we have at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, the 162nd Fighter Wing and Fort Huachuca. We have a proud military heritage here in southern Arizona and I look forward to sharing it with Dr. Westphal.”

Westphal, the No. 2 civilian in the U.S. Army, will arrive in Tucson tomorrow.

During his visit, Westphal will tour Raytheon Missile Systems’ headquarters in Tucson where several key weapon systems used by the Army are developed and manufactured.

Westphal also will meet with members of the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance, an organization of business leaders that Barber has worked closely with since he has been in office and its inception last summer to help preserve and strengthen the military’s role in Tucson and Sierra Vista.

During the meeting, SADA members will brief Westphal on community, leadership and business initiatives and plans in support of the military – and specifically, the Army.

On Thursday, Westphal will travel to historic Fort Huachuca, home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command.

In addition to hearing from members of the military at the fort, Westphal will meet with the Fort Huachuca 50, an organization dedicated to protecting and supporting the mission and the personnel of the fort.

Barber and Westphal also will meet with members of the media in both Tucson and Sierra Vista.

A key topic of concern for both Barber and Westphal is sequestration, the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts that are forcing the Department of Defense to furlough its civilian employees.

Barber has repeatedly called on his colleagues in Congress to take immediate bipartisan action to reverse sequestration cuts and instead do the hard work of going through the federal budget to identify and cut programs that are ineffective, wasteful or unnecessary.

Westphal has said that with sequestration in place and deep budget cuts possible, the Army is concerned about how it can train, equip and sustain soldiers to be ready when called upon.

“We don't ever want our president to have to call up to the Army, and that’s the message he gets – an Army where soldiers aren’t trained, a force that is not ready to go at a moment’s notice, that’s not equipped to go. That’s the challenge of readiness,” Westphal said recently.

In addition to serving as the 30th undersecretary of the U.S. Army, Westphal is the Army’s first chief management officer. He previously served as chancellor of the University of Maine system and professor of political science at the University of Maine. He also served as the provost, senior vice president for research and professor of environmental studies at The New School in New York City.

The following events are open to the media:


WHAT: U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and Undersecretary of the U.S. Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal meet with members of the media

WHEN: 3 – 3:20 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013

WHERE: Tucson International Airport executive terminal, at the base of the control tower, 7081 S. Plumer Ave.



WHAT: U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and Undersecretary of the U.S. Army Dr. Joseph W. Westphal meet with members of the media

WHEN: 1:55 – 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

WHERE: Libby Army Airfield, Fort Huachuca (Media representatives interested in covering the event should meet the public affairs escort at the thrift shop parking lot, just inside the fort’s Main Gate. They should be there no later than 1:10 p.m. Reporters must have a government-issued ID, proof of auto insurance and vehicle registration.)



Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

Mark Kimble
Communications Director
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber
Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District
(520) 881-3588 or (520) 904-5876