In a visit last Tuesday to Red River Army Depot and Texarkana College, Congressman John Ratcliffe met with local community and business leaders in the Bowie County area. The Congressman’s Texarkana office followed these meetings with an open house, attended by a large number of constituents.
“The priorities of the people of our district are my priorities,” said Ratcliffe. “Every time I go to cast my vote on the floor of the House, I think of the 700,000 people I have the privilege of representing. For me to be the best Congressman I can be, I feel that it’s important to hear directly from constituents and develop personal relationships with the people I represent. I’m grateful for every opportunity I have to visit with folks in the Texarkana area, and look forward to returning soon.”
Earlier in the day, Ratcliffe and his staff toured Red River Army Depot, hearing from leaders of both the civilian and military sides of Depot leadership. Ratcliffe underscored the critical role that RRAD has played and will continue to play in the region:
Red River Army Depot is the Center for Industrial and Technical Excellence [CITE] for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and has had an enduring partnership with BAE on that platform. With BAE under contract to produce the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, I anticipate that the Depot will remain the CITE for the next generation armored operating vehicle that is based on the Bradley platform. I expect that the Depot’s partnership with BAE will serve the Army’s maintenance needs well into the future. Red River Army Depot is an enormous asset to the region, and will continue to play a critical role in the Army’s effort to develop its future fighting force.
Ratcliffe has scheduled over 20 meetings with constituents and community leaders across all 18 counties of the fourth Congressional District. For information when the Congressman will be in your area, or to keep up with his activities, follow him on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepRatcliffe, or visit his official website at ratcliffe.house.gov.