Foreign military sales could account for an increasing amount of work for the Anniston Army Depot, and over time, this additional workload could help the installation grow its mission over time.
Those facts and others are behind the ongoing drive by Congressman Mike Rogers and others in the Alabama delegation to fight for the Depot's workforce. As the wars wind down, Rogers says, it is critical the Army keeps its military industrial base in a state of strong readiness.
Securing contracts with foreign allies to purchase surplus U.S. military equipment is a key initiative by the Army's top leadership, and one that Rogers strongly supports.
"The Anniston Army Depot plays a critical role in our nation's military readiness, and its workforce is second to none," Rogers said. "As recent actions by rogue states like North Korea and Iran have shown, we must never become complacent in our efforts to stay prepared. That means keeping critical facilities like the Anniston Army Depot strong and vibrant."
In a letter today to Major General Frank Turner, the Army's top commander overseeing the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, Rogers encouraged the Army to consider ANAD for all its many capabilities. "ANAD is fully capable of performing work across a broad spectrum of military equipment from major tracked vehicles to small arms. As you pursue future FMS cases with our international partners, respectfully I encourage you to present to all interested parties the entire range of capabilities that ANAD could perform,' Rogers wrote.