After 26 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, I chose to retire to Arkansas 3 years ago, and I haven’t looked back. I was born in Iowa and spent most of my career in Texas, but after a 4-year assignment to Little Rock Air Force Base, I knew this was a serious contender for my ‘forever home.’ After studying my options, I concluded that Arkansas had everything listed on my ’retirement home dream sheet.
Editor’s note: Less than half a year into his post as AEDC Director of Military Affairs, retired Col. Robert Ator already has created a solid vision for supporting and growing Arkansas’ military installations. He was gracious enough to share these insights with us. Arkansas has a proud
In 2015, Gov. Asa Hutchinson began an initiative to support and promote our state’s military installations and related economic development interests. “The nation’s military presence in Arkansas through our bases and our defense contracts plays a vital role, not only in the defense of our