Secretary of U.S. Army makes stop in Rocket City to tour Redstone

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Secretary of the U.S. Army stopped by the Rocket City Friday and toured Redstone Arsenal.

Secretary of the U.S. Army Patrick Murphy was just appointed by President Obama in January, and this was his first trip to the Arsenal since taking this leadership role.

The technology he saw was almost like something from a video game, but it’s all used to help train soldiers. “We train like we fight, and those simulators, they’re doing everything to keep our soldiers safe so they can go home to see their families,” said Murphy.

That readiness is what Murphy says is their number one priority. “We need to make sure that we are ready to fight tonight against any adversary out there whether it’s Russia, China, North Korea or ISIS, and the technologies that are happening here in Huntsville are second to none,” he said.

But with a dwindling budget, cut by nearly 40 percent since Secretary Murphy was in Congress five years ago, they’re trying to do the same amount of work and stretch every dollar. And he says Redstone is doing just that.

“They are making sure that we are being innovative, that we are using every dollar possible to save not just soldiers’ lives, but to make sure we can save some money so we can put it towards readiness,” said Murphy. “This is a place that’s really special to me because the work these civilians are doing for our war fighters is saving their lives.”

He says we can expect to see more cutting edge and technology come from Redstone, to help protect our soldiers and bring them home to their families.