TROY, Ala. (WKRG) — President Joe Biden spoke to a large crowd Tuesday afternoon at Lockheed Martin in Troy. He traveled to Alabama to say thank you to the men and women who are building Javelin missiles.
The company has been producing missiles that are currently being used in Ukraine in the war against Russia. We’re told there are roughly 600 employees who are tasked with building missiles at the facility.
President Biden has already asked Congress to approve a $33 billion aid package to Ukraine. He spoke about the need to continue funding weapons for those on the frontlines.
Biden said these missiles are being shipped to Ukraine by the thousands. Roughly 5,000 have already been sent to Ukraine, but more could be on the way. He thanked the workers of Lockheed Martin several times during his visit saying to keep up the good work.
“You’re doing it. You really are doing it. You’re making a gigantic difference for these poor sons of guns who are under such enormous, enormous pressure and fire. Those javelins I saw there’s 10 for every tank in Ukraine right now. You’re changing people’s lives,” said President Biden.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey did not attend Tuesday’s event. Her office said Ivey had prior commitments. The event was not open to the public.