Thursday, November 30, 2017
MIDWEST CITY — Greater Oklahoma City Chamber members were urged Wednesday by the ranking military leader in Oklahoma and by an executive with Northrop Grumman to grow the state's pool of high-tech graduates.
They got that message during a State of the Aerospace Industry event in Midwest City sponsored by the chamber.
Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, commander of the Air Force Sustainment Center and its 43,000 member workforce, keynoted the event.
He told the 500-plus people attending that both the military and its supporting civilian contractors are searching continuously for qualified applicants to fill technical jobs that are becoming more numerous as battlefields continue to evolve.
"Today, we shoot bullets and bombs at our bad guys," Levy said. "Tomorrow, we will shoot ones and zeros, and I need your help.
"I need more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) trained men and women," Levy said.
Base officials said earlier this year that Tinker Air Force Base, which is part of the Sustainment Center, had about 1,500 scientists and engineers working there with plans to hire another 200 before the end of this year.