Senator Thom Tillis

Senate Passes NDAA With Tillis’ Major Wins for NC Servicemembers, Military Families, and Military Installations

July 01, 2019

 
Senator Thom Tillis helps pass NDAA 2020 and gives military largest payraise in history.

Washington, DC — On June 27, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The legislation passed on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis and supports $750 billion in funding national defense for fiscal year 2020. The bill also includes several key provisions championed by Senator Tillis to improve the lives of our service members and military families, and makes critical improvements to North Carolina’s military installations in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Additionally, Senator Tillis worked to secure a number of reforms in the FY20 NDAA to take meaningful steps to address the serious issues with the Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI). Senator Tillis’ personnel subcommittee markup also addresses military sexual assault prevention and response, provides impact aid for local educational agencies, supports military spouse employment, and expands health care for military members and their families. read more>>>

 

Senate Passes NDAA with Multiple Tillis Provisions, Heads to Presidents Desk

August 01, 2018

 

Includes $240 Million for Military Construction in NC, Provisions to End Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

CONTACTS:

Daniel Keylin or Adam Webb | (202) 224-6342

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the Senate passage of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The bipartisan legislation includes more than a dozen provisions authored by Senator Tillis, including a bipartisan provision he authored with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that directs the Secretary of Defense to submit an assessment of the potential purchase by the Republic of Turkey of the S-400 air and missile defense system from the Russian Federation, as well as an assessment regarding Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program as long it continues to unlawfully detain Pastor Andrew Brunson, a native North Carolinian. Other provisions authored by Senator Tillis will improve the lives of our servicemembers and military families, make critical improvements to North Carolina’s military installations, and provide the largest pay raise for servicemembers in nine years.

As Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, Senator Tillis chaired an open hearing on the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. On a bipartisan basis, Senator Tillis and his subcommittee colleagues passed an across the board 2.6% pay raise, for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. Additionally, Senator Tillis worked on a bipartisan basis to secure a number of provisions in the FY19 NDAA to reform how the United States military manages, trains, retains and recruits its officer corps. Senator Tillis’ Personnel Subcommittee mark also addressed the opioid crisis, provided Impact Aid for local school districts, supported military spouses, and established policies and procedures to end juvenile sexual assault and harassment, domestic violence, and child abuse.

“I’m proud of the bipartisan work we accomplished with the NDAA, demonstrating a commitment to our servicemembers and our national security,” said Senator Tillis. “I am pleased my bipartisan provision with Senator Shaheen to delay the sale of F-35s to Turkey so we send a clear message to President Erdogan that the United States expects Turkey to uphold its obligations as a NATO ally, including respecting the due process rights of American citizens who reside in or travel to Turkey. I’m also pleased the NDAA included $240 million to upgrade North Carolina’s military installations and a number of provisions I championed that modernizes the management of officers and establishes policies and procedures to end juvenile sexual assault and harassment, domestic violence, and child abuse.”

Senator Tillis’ Priorities in the NDAA:

  • Delaying Transfer of F-35s to Turkey
    • Directs the Secretary of Defense to submit an assessment regarding Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program. This provision is a direct response to the Turkish government’s wrongful imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson, and Turkey’s troubling intention to purchase the S-400 system from Russia. The legislation also contains a Sense of Congress that the Republic of Turkey continues to unlawfully and wrongfully detain United States citizens, including Andrew Brunson.
  • Defense Officer Personnel Management Act (DOPMA) Reform
    • Introduces the most comprehensive reform of the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act since its inception in 1980, which includes key provisions to better align officer management with the objectives included in the National Defense Strategy. These provisions will modernize DOPMA to provide the services with the authority and flexibility to better recruit, support and retain officers.
  • Addressing Opioid Abuse
    • Requires the DOD to establish and maintain a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that will allow bi-directional information sharing for designated controlled substances.
      • This language, which was included in the Personnel Subcommittee mark of the Senate NDAA, was a result of the SASC Personnel roundtable hosted by Senator Tillis in Fayetteville, NC that examined pain management practices in the DOD, VA and Civilian health care sectors.
    • Establish a 3-year comprehensive pilot program to minimize early opioid exposure and to prevent opioid misuse and abuse. This program will maximize opioid safety across the entire continuum of care and seeks to prevent the progression to misuse or abuse of opioid medications.
  • Impact Aid
    • Authorizes $40 million in supplemental Impact Aid to local educational agencies with military dependent children and $10 million in impact aid for schools with military dependent children with severe disabilities.
  • Juvenile Sexual Assault and Harassment
    • Requires the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to establish policies and procedures to extend the same Title IX protections to students at DODEA schools who are victims of sexual harassment.
  • Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
    • Includes provisions from S. 2846, the Military Family PROTECT Act, bipartisan legislation co-introduced by Senators Gillibrand and Tillis that would establish multidisciplinary teams for military installations on child abuse and domestic violence.
    • Authorizes a pilot program on the prevention of child abuse and training on safe childcare practices among military families.
    • Establishes a new punitive article in the Uniform Code of Military Justice prohibiting domestic violence.
  • Military Spouses
    • Expands authority for non-competitive appointments of military spouses by federal agencies.

FY19 Military Construction Funding for North Carolina:

  • Fort Bragg
    • $20.257M – Special Operations Facility; Search Evade Rescue and Evacuation (SERE) Resistance Training Lab Complex
    • $12.109M – Special Operations Facility; Replace Training Maze and Tower
    • $10M – Dining Facility
  • Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point
    • $55M – Flightline Utility Modernization – Maintenance upgrades to runways in support of Marine Corps and national security requirements
    • $60M – Aircraft Maintenance Hanger for the Vertical Lift Fan Test Facility
  • Camp Lejeune
    • $51.3M – 2nd Radio BN Complex, Phase 2
  • New River
    • $32.58M – Ambulatory Care Center/Dental Clinic Replacement

 

North Carolina Total Funding:

 

  • $241,246,000

 

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Senators Burr and Tillis support F-35B Growth for Cherry Point

May 22, 2018

 

For Immediate Release: May 22, 2018
For More Information Contact: Marc Finlayson (252) 617-0757

Washington, DC: North Carolina’s US Senators Richard M. Burr and Thom Tillis urged the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate Armed Services and Defense Appropriations Committees to purchase 93 F-35 fighter aircraft during the 2018-2019 federal fiscal year. This request, made in an April 11 letter to the Senate appropriators, would add 16 Joint Strike Fighters to next year’s budget. Senator Tillis is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Personnel Subcommittee. Senator Burr is chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

The President’s Budget included 77 F-35s for $10.7 billion.

Senators Burr and Tillis joined with 23 of their fellow Senators to urge that funding be increased as part of a cost savings and production effort to ensure that an optimal production rate of 80 F-35As, 24 F-35Bs and 24 F-35Cs is achieved as quickly as possible.  Individual unit costs have come down 60% over the past 11 years, with the goal of a $79 million aircraft by 2020.

“We are pleased to work in close concert with Senators Burr and Tillis and their very capable staffs on this important funding effort,” said ACT President Will Lewis.  “Both Senators have a completely open door policy with ACT and our community leaders on all things Cherry Point.  It is also important to remind ourselves that cutting costs by increasing production is a means to an end to ensure that Cherry Point and FRC-East will remain a national military asset.”

Cherry Point is the largest Marine Corps Air Station in the world, and the planned assignment of 94 F-35B fighters to the station by the mid-2020s will mean that Cherry Point will be home to the largest deployment of Joint Strike Fighters in the Marine Corps.

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FRC East Commander to provide keynote remarks

August 14, 2017

 

The Offices of United States Senator Richard Burr and United States Senator Thom Tillis and the North Carolina Military Business Center are pleased to announce the 2017 Southeast Region Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing Summit on August 15-16 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Colonel Clarence T. Harper, III, Commanding Officer at Fleet Readiness Center East will provide the keynote remarks. 

PROGRAM. The Southeast Region Aerospace Supplier and Advanced Manufacturing (SEASAM) Summit is a regional, business development and teaming event focused on current and future defense, commercial and general aviation business opportunities.
An expansion of previous Aerospace Supplier Conferences, the SEASAM will showcase companies within the Southeast Region engaged in advanced manufacturing and aerospace-related activities, and will connect suppliers and service providers with national aerospace primes, first-tier subs and both military and civilian aerospace customers. The SEASAM program is functionally organized and will feature sessions focused on manufacturers, product and service providers in the aerospace industry.

 

AERONET SESSIONS. 

Take part in AeroNet, informal networking sessions, in the middle of the expo floor to learn more about the opportunities that exist with federal and Department of Defense agencies, and with prime, first-tier contractors.  The following AeroNet sessions are available:
  • Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
  • Unmanned Systems session panelists
  • Military MRO session panelists
UNMANNED AEROSPACE SYSTEMS: POLICY, PRODUCTION, OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE.  This panel will focus on military and civilian Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) design, manufacturing, deployment, equipping and sustainment in North Carolina and the Southeast. The panel will specifically highlight military requirements, operations and challenges, public policy issues surrounding UAS and the opportunity to develop a comprehensive industry cluster for research, development, production, fielding, operation and maintenance of unmanned aerial systems.
COMMERCIAL MRO: FORECAST, REQUIREMENTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND PROCESSES.  This panel will address the experience, capabilities and leading-edge maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) operations conducted by MRO businesses in support of civilian, military and general aviation customers. The panel will also address their unique workforce requirements and issues, challenges encountered in military and commercial contracting and procurement systems, as well as their processes for engaging suppliers and subcontractors in support of their current and future MRO operations.
MILITARY MRO: FORECAST, REQUIREMENTS, OPPORTUNITIES AND PROCESSES. This panel will focus on current operations, future requirements, supply chain processes, contractor engagement, workforce issues and small business utilization at major military maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) commands, including Fleet Readiness Center East at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, the US Coast Guard (USCG) Aviation Logistics Center at USCG Base Elizabeth City. The session will also include the perspective of the Defense Logistics Agency Aviation, Rolls-Royce, L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace and major contractors supporting these commands, including their operations, challenges and use of subcontractors and/or suppliers. The panelists may also address any lessons learned, anticipated requirements and potential strategies to increase the utilization and engagement of additional businesses to continuously improve their organizations and to meet their future operational requirements.
 
HOW TO SAFELY NAVIGATE THE SKIES OF LEGAL DISPUTES.  Learn key information to protect your business on two areas of legal disputes: Products liability issues and Contract dispute issues. Susan Hofer, Aviation partner with CSHLaw, will present on the top tips for defending your company against the risks in aviation products cases for manufacturers (including drones!); Mica Worthy, Aviation partner with CSHLaw, will present on common risks that aerospace suppliers/manufactures face in contract disputes including international payment issues. Q&A to follow.
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING FOR MILITARY AND CIVILIAN AEROSPACE. This panel will focus on innovative technologies and advanced manufacturing processes utilized by businesses engaged in the aerospace market. These include rapid prototyping, advanced machining, other advanced additive and subtractive processes, non-invasive quality assurance technologies and integration of specialty metals, composites and other advanced materials into aerospace manufacturing. The panel will also address military additive manufacturing requirements, adoption, and challenges with component qualification/certification and maintenance/security of data files associated with military advanced manufacturing activities.

WEBSITE. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/17seasam/

 

NC General Assembly takes action in support of MCAS Cherry Point and FRC East

July 10, 2017

 

Raleigh, NC: The North Carolina General Assembly recently adjourned its regular legislative session for 2017 and among its accomplishments were several items of particular benefit to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East. Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow (ACT) made these issues key priorities in its state legislative advocacy. ACT commends the Senate, House and Governor for supporting these important initiatives. The MCAS Cherry Point region’s delegation of Senators Harry Brown and Norman Sanderson, as well as Representatives John Bell, George Graham, Pat McElraft and Michael Speciale were especially instrumental in working to support ACT’s priorities.

Of special importance is a state appropriation in the amount of $3 million to build additional facilities to supplement the Lift Fan Maintenance and Testing Facility planned for FRC East. These facilities will improve the industrial base required for the Lift Fan testing component for the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. This benefits both FRC East and the region because it brings more high-wage jobs and anchors FRC East as a primary repair facility for the F-35. The Lift Fan testing facility will be built with a $15.671 million federal military construction (MilCon) appropriation. “The state appropriation in support of this critical FRC East program is important for two reasons,” says ACT President Will Lewis. “This funding is the first time the state of North Carolina has ever made an investment in a federal military installation. It is both a real and symbolic show of support for our North Carolina military bases in anticipation of a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.” Lewis adds that the investment also expands the capability of FRC East to support the F-35B variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. “MCAS Cherry Point will eventually be home to more F-35B’s than any air station in the world and FRC East is the designated depot for F-35B maintenance and repair,” Lewis says.

The legislature included two other state appropriations of direct benefit to Cherry Point in the final state budget. $1.2 million is allocated for purchase of land in proximity to Bogue Field in Carteret County. This will help mitigate encroachment on Outlying Field Bogue where Cherry Point aviators train. Also, $1 million has been appropriated to help clean-up a brownfield site in Havelock adjacent to the air station and near a military family neighborhood. These funds will assist Havelock in cleaning up the site and removing a potential danger to neighbors.

ACT Government Affairs Director Jamie Norment also points to a policy provision enacted late in the legislative session that will help North Carolina better understand the impact of wind turbines on military training. “The Assembly has imposed an 18-month moratorium on any new wind farms in North Carolina. During this time the state can determine definitively where wind farms can be safely sited and those places where they should be prohibited because they pose a hazard to military flight training,” says Norment. “ACT’s official position is that we do not oppose wind energy,” adds Norment, “but that we support clear and appropriate siting requirements that fully take into account the needs and concerns of the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps that use eastern North Carolina airspace for critical training.”

ACT maintains a constant presence in Raleigh to ensure that state policy supports Cherry Point, Marine Corps aviation and FRC East. The North Carolina effort is part of a broader government affairs presence that ACT maintains in Washington, DC with the Congress and the Department of Defense. “ACT believes that a strong advocacy effort with our federal and state policy makers is absolutely crucial to sustaining and growing Cherry Point,” says ACT President Will Lewis. “We are proud of our accomplishments this legislative session and look forward to continuing to work with our General Assembly members and state agencies, including the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the North Carolina Military Affairs Commission.”

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