Thom Tillis

President Trump Signs Tillis Economic Relief Bills Into Law

August 23, 2019


Tillis’ bipartisan bills provide relief to North Carolina’s veterans, small businesses, family farmers and National Guard and Reservists

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Trump signed 4 bipartisan bills co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) into law. The four bills provide economic relief for small businesses, family farmers, National Guard and Reservists, and veterans in need. They were:

  • The Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA) – bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tillis that streamlines existing bankruptcy procedures and provides new tools to improve a small business’ ability to restructure.

“I’m proud to have these four bipartisan bills signed into law giving our small businesses, family farmers, national guard and reservists, and veterans the economic relief they need when falling on hard times,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank President Trump for signing my bills into law and I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues to deliver more results for North Carolinians.”



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.



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.

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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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Tillis Named Chairman of Senate Armed Services Subcommittee

January 18, 2017



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

CONTACT: Daniel Keylin | (202) 224-6342

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) was selected to serve as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, the panel with jurisdiction over Department of Defense (DOD) personnel policies, including compensation, benefits, education and health care for servicemembers, their families, and DOD civilian employees.

“It’s an honor to chair the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee and serve as a champion for quality of life issues for our brave men and women in uniform, as well as their families,” said Senator Tillis. “During my time as chairman, the Personnel Subcommittee will work on solutions to improve TRICARE services, increase healthcare coordination between the military and private sector, and improve conditions at military facilities.”

Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel

  • Responsibilities: Military and Department of Defense (DOD) civilian personnel policies; end strengths for military personnel; military personnel compensation and benefits; military health care; and military nominations.
  • Special additional areas: Professional Military Education; DOD schools; DOD child care and family assistance; Civil-military programs; POW/MIA issues; Armed Forces Retirement Home; Morale, Welfare and Recreation; and military commissaries and exchanges.
  • Oversight of budget accounts: Military personnel; military retirement; Defense Health Program; DOD Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund; and operation and maintenance for certain education and civil-military programs.
  • Oversight of DOD offices: Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs); Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).
  • Oversight of DOD agencies: Defense Health Agency; Defense Commissary Agency; and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency.###