Attorneys Endorse T-100

Macon County Economic Development Authority

For immediate Release

August 17, 2017

Contact: Joe Turnham – 334 444 2672

 Resolution No. 2017-9 Urging Congress, President Trump and the Department of Defense to Accept the bid of Leonardo-DRS Trainer Aircraft Built in Tuskegee, Alabama

Resolution No. 2017-9 Urging Congress, President Trump and the Department of Defense to Accept the bid of Leonardo-DRS Trainer Aircraft Built in Tuskegee, Alabama

Tuskegee: The National Bar Association (NBA), the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominately African American attorneys and judges around the world unanimously passed at its 92nd Annual Convention in Toronto Ontario, Canada, a Resolution of Support for Leonardo-DRS bid to construct the T-100 Jet Trainer in Tuskegee, Alabama, according to NBA Past President, Fred D. Gray of Tuskegee, Alabama.

On his recommendation, “Our organization overwhelmingly supports this huge aviation project by Leonardo-DRS and its proposal to bring significant jobs, economic growth and development, suppliers and vendors to build the jet trainers at historic Moton Field,” said Attorney Gray. “This will indeed be a generational game-changer for Tuskegee, Alabama. Our membership, representing 60,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students with over 80 affiliate chapters, stands in total support of this 21st century aviation project for Tuskegee,” said Attorney Gray.

The NBA’s Resolution of Support passed on the final day of the conference with members voting in favor of the Leonardo- DRS T-100 initiative. “I am very pleased with the favor shown by our organization which has a historic connection with Tuskegee, Alabama and Booker T. Washington, the Founder of Tuskegee University said attorney Gray. It was signed by NBA President Kevin Judd and attested by NBA secretary Jonathan Richardson on August 3rd, 2017.

The NBA’s Resolution of Support details Leonardo DRS’s proposal to build 350 new fighter jet trainers worth more than $16 billion called the T-X Trainer at historic Moton Field in Tuskegee, home of the world famous Tuskegee Airmen during WWII. The proposal for the aircraft was submitted on March 30, 2017, the same day the company announced at Moton Field its decision to build the aerospace manufacturing facility in Tuskegee should it be awarded the USAF contract.

Leonardo-DRS, a world-wide and respected manufacturer of trainer jet aircraft, has selected and signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Alabama and the Macon County Economic Development Authority to come to Alabama with a projected investment of $250 – $350 million and creation of 750 high wage new jobs for Alabamians, will be a game-changer for Tuskegee, east Alabama and the I-85 corridor.

Leonardo-DRS considered dozens of airfields across the country to assemble the T-100 but chose Tuskegee because of its “outstanding workforce, universities, aerospace supply chain and patriotic work ethic”, according to the resolution.

The Resolution adds, “this investment and selection of Tuskegee, Alabama by Leonardo-DRS will create a generational wave of partnerships and new wealth within the City of Tuskegee, Macon County, Tuskegee University and among partners and communities” and will bring “great celebration to the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen and set forth a new legacy for future generations to build on their example”.

The Resolution states “copies of this resolution shall be forwarded to the various state Congressional Delegations, Leonardo-DRS, secretaries of the Air Force and Defense, and to President Trump.” Also “a copy of this resolution will be made available to the membership of the National Bar Association to their membership for distribution to their Congressional delegations, and such other persons as it deems appropriate.