McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Local News

May 13, 2014

Army leaders gather at Fort Sill for Fires Seminar

FORT SILL — The future is bright for both the Field Artillery and the Air Defense Artillery, Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald said during a break from the 2014 Fires Seminar, an event that draws top leaders in those two Army branches to Fort Sill each year.

“There’s room for growth, even in these austere times, in air defense artillery,” he told The Lawton Constitution. “Field artillery will always be there to help us provide fires along with maneuver. We just need to ensure it’s modernized and we’re moving out.”

The international presence at the conference is important because the U.S. will never fight alone, McDonald said.

“We’ll fight with our allies just like we have since World War I, and so for them to be here and share their information and   share their ideas is invaluable,” he said.

Booths in the corridors of Snow Hall showcased what Fort Sill and both halves of the Fires Center of Excellence that

McDonald commands have to offer. In addition, the trade show attracts many top players of the defense industry.

“We’ve got a lot of things to showcase across the board. And we do want everybody to see what’s at Fort Sill. We’re proud of Fort Sill, and it’s never looked better,” the commanding general said.

The number of vendors has increased significantly since last year. Thirty companies have 186 representatives here, and some of those companies have multiple booths. There are more than 70 booths in all.

Approximately 500 people registered for the conference itself.   

“Every year we do it we say it’s the most important one we’ve ever done. But that’s probably accurate, because we keep moving forward,” McDonald said shortly after the 2014 Fires Seminar began last week.

“This year we’re really focusing on futures. (Tuesday) we’re going to cover what we’re doing, but we’ve got our researchers and developers from across the country. We challenged them to come back with some solutions for us. They’re going to bring it, and we’re going to have a great conversation and see where it takes us,” he said.

It’s important for the U.S. to look 10, 20 or 30 years down the road because other people are doing the same and the U.S. needs to stay ahead of them, Mc-Donald said.

“We win because we have great soldiers. But our great soldiers are also the best equipped on the battlefield. So with that combination we’ll continue to win,” he said.

Fort Sill will get feedback from attendees for the next several weeks. Officials will take the information they gain and synthesize it into development of concepts in the future systems.

Fort Sill is already working to clear ranges to test electric fires — the capability of using high-powered microwave, lasers and electromagnetic propulsion.

During opening remarks, McDonald introduced the two-star general who will succeed him here in June, Maj. Gen. John Rossi. Attendees had a brief opportunity to get acquainted with him while he was here, the host general noted. McDonald also made a surprise announcement on Tuesday:

“Where’s Bill Turner? OK, right there. There is no announcement that Bill is coming here. But he got orders — just yesterday, I believe — he got orders to come here and be commandant of the Field Artillery (School).

“Congratulations to you, Bill.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Speed bump need for speed bump

    City of Krebs Street Supervisor, Kevin Mick, along with his crew and Krebs Mayor Bobby Watkins, put the finishing touch on the new speed bumps they installed at Krebs Public School that were paid and provided by the city of Krebs for the safety of the students and teachers.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • FLOODED.jpg Heavy rains knocks out sheriff's phones, flood emergency management offices

    Regular phone lines for the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management were knocked out in the early morning hours Thursday, while about 18 inches of water flooded the OEM office under the Pittsburg County Justice Center.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • coins Indian Territory Coin Club will meet Aug. 11

    The Indian Territory Coin Club will meet Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Angel's Diner on 69 Bypass South, McAlester. The program will be on ancient coins. Contact Gary at 405-426-9044 for further information.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • commissioners.png Gas company files appeal

    They’ve decided to hire an attorney.
    Pittsburg County commissioners plan to hire a lawyer to represent in an appeal filed in district court on behalf of an oil and gas company protesting the amount of its ad valorem tax assessment.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • backpack Backpack-stuffers prepare for Bash

    Workers and volunteers at Shared Blessings were busy Wednesday getting ready for this weekend’s Back-to-School Bash, preparing to give away backpacks and school supplies for children and teens who will soon start the new school year.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Car gets stuck in flood water, flood water receding

    July 31, 2014

  • 07 30 SOUTH AVE 1.jpg 'Road Closed' means just that

    No road.
    No kidding.
    For months, signs placed along South Avenue and Country Club Road read “Road Closed Ahead” — although the roads were still open.

    Now though, the “Road Closed Ahead” signs on South Avenue, along with those on Country Club Road and Peaceable Road, mean exactly what they say.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Square logo.jpg City extends 17th Street construction deadline to mid-September

    A Stillwater company working on the Seventeenth Street Capital Improvement Project for the city of McAlester now has until mid-September to complete the job.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Devin Mitchell McAlester man facing rape charges has hearing date set

    A preliminary hearing date has been set for a man who is facing charges of rape in the first degree (victim under age 14) and sodomy, victim under the age of 16.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • comish County to decide on liquor sales

    They’re ready to give the voters a shot.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.