Protecting Our Military Installations
When President Obama tried to eliminate seven AWACS airplanes at Tinker Air Force Base, Tom stood strong and protected our military men and women from this dangerous and unnecessary cut. The AWACS program has been an integral part of projecting American military superiority for decades. Cutting this capability when we face such serious threats all around the globe was a frightening possibility. Tom successfully fought to preserve funding for these planes and their crews and ensured that this capability would remain for years to come. When the Obama Administration threatened to veto the bill because of this provision, Tom refused to back down. Today, these planes remain based at Tinker, and have continued to play a vital role for the American military across the world.