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WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a co-chairman of the Senate Air Force Caucus, welcomed Air Force Secretary Dr. Heather Wilson to Arkansas and touted the missions of the Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB), the 188th Wing in Fort Smith and the important national security role of the state’s cyber security programs. 

“I’m proud to support the missions of Arkansas Air Force installations and the many airmen and civil servants who work tirelessly to keep our country safe. I appreciate Secretary Wilson’s time and attention in visiting Arkansas to see how our state supports the national security interests of the United States,” Boozman said.

As threats against our country and its interests evolve, the Air Force is leading the development of cyber capabilities to enhance its air superiority. Boozman helped procure a cybersecurity mission at LRAFB to train more cyber warriors. Last year, the Air National Guard Cyber Skills Validation Course graduated its inaugural class of students. 

“I look forward to working with Secretary Wilson to examine how the Air Force and Arkansas can partner together to provide critical cybersecurity training and expertise. As the home of the sole cyber skills validation course, Arkansas plays a vital role in training tomorrow’s military and industry leaders,” Boozman said. 

Arkansas continues to strengthen its role in support of our national security with increased development of cyber programs. The University of Central Arkansas received a $500,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in 2017 to help launch its cyber range, educating students to identify potential cyberattacks and stop them before they begin. On Tuesday, Boozman, Secretary Wilson and Congressman French Hill (AR-02) joined UCA leaders to learn more about the program and how its partnership with the Center for Cyber Futures is advancing cyber education. 

In addition to LRAFB and UCA visits, on Monday, Boozman and Congressman Steve Womack (AR-03) joined Secretary Wilson in Fort Smith to highlight the capabilities of the 188th Wing.