Red Dirt RubyConf 2011

  • Keynote
    Aaron Patterson
    Open source contributions include:
    ARel, Nokogiri, and Mechanize
    Aaron Patterson - AT&T Interactive
  • Keynote
    Dr Nic Williams
    Open source contributions include:
    Hudson.rb, RoR Textmate Bundle, and ChocTop
    Dr Nic Williams - Engine Yard
  • Conference Themes
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    ´╗┐Congress the unique values of Fort Campbell Tuesday at the Family Resource Center, 1501 William C. Lee Road on post. Visitors must enter at Gate 1.) As a concerned citizen and advocate for our military and Fort Campbell, I recognize the importance of a strong Department of Defense and a strong Army capable of executing our nation's foreign policy agenda and protecting our nation from attack and harm. More importantly, I am proud to report that I am not unique in this support. For the past several years, I've been honored to be a part of Citizens for Fort Campbell, which includes business, government and civic leaders from throughout our region. I know our region continues to recognize the tremendous military value of Fort Campbell and its unique military assets and capabilities. Fort Campbell soldiers and families have faced multiple deployments since Sept. 11, 2001. These soldiers have performed so well because of the unique factors that contribute to Fort Campbell's excellence. These unique factors are only attributable to Fort Campbell because of Fort Campbell's location in one of the best regions of the country. For these reasons, I encourage all residents to ask Congress and the president to reverse the harmful effects of sequestration by rescinding sequestration and ending the requirement to draw down the Army's active force below the current strength of 490,000. If this action is not taken, then we recognize that additional cuts are likely to be made at military installations across the Department of Defense. With this in mind, we encourage residents to contact the Department of Army and Department of Defense officials, Congress and the president to demand they protect Fort Campbell from additional troop cuts as we recognize that Fort Campbell's unique assets allow our country to provide the best Army possible at the most affordable rate possible. But let's be nike wiki clear about something. We are asking our federal leaders to protect Fort Campbell because it's more than a strategic military nike youth shoes installation. It is part of our country's national DNA with legendary missions at Bastogne, Hamburger Hill and in the war on terrorism. After all, it was the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment that played a pivotal role in the raid on Osama Bin Laden. Here's something else that is interesting. Soldiers stationed at Fort Campbell are happier than their counterparts at other bases. In fact, more than 70 percent of soldiers who re enlist at Fort Campbell want to stay at Fort Campbell. That's by far the highest in the Army. There are even more compelling reasons. The Fort Campbell region enjoys a low cost of living and doing business. nike lunarglide 6 We have housing costs well below the national average, low taxation, low energy costs and an overall outstanding quality of life. As a result, Fort Campbell is efficient, effective and economical. It's the type of installation we should be growing because we get a great return on investment and we save the country money. Cutting Fort Campbell would be like Nike deciding to discontinue the Air Jordan. It's bad business. I and many other leaders from our region and country, including the Citizens of Fort Campbell, urge our national leaders to protect Fort Campbell from future cuts to troop strength and infrastructure as we believe Fort Campbell represents the best and most affordable installation the Army has to offer.