U.S. military equipment should be built at home

I’ve worked as a jet engine mechanic at GE Strother Field in Kansas for nearly six years after serving in the United States Air Force in Iraq, South Korea and Turkey. My co-workers and I build military and commercial jet engines, and as a veteran, I take great pride in knowing my work is critical to homeland security and the safety of my brothers and sisters serving our country. I am proud to work at GE, but I am also deeply concerned by the company’s decision to consistently slash our workforce.

GE recently announced that the company will divide itself into three separate, public divisions. CEO Larry Culp stated that “each can benefit from greater focus, tailored capital allocation, and strategic flexibility to drive long-term growth and value for customers, investors, and employees.” GE workers in Arkansas City have already made it clear to GE that what they will benefit from is investment: investment into our workforce, our plants, and good-paying union jobs.

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