In an effort to bring the U.S. Navy to the central part of the United States, the military branch is executing its 50/50 program, and one of its top men came to Conway Monday during his stop in Arkansas.
Navy Rear Admiral Kenneth Floyd, director of air warfare integration, stopped by Conway to meet with Conway Mayor Tab Townsell and provide information on the Navy’s attempt to appeal to those not living on either coast.
Floyd is in Arkansas on a three-day trip where he will meet with the governor, board of education and various corporate executives.
"We had a very productive meeting," Townsell said. "His wife Debbie is from the area, and it was good for him to get back here during his visit."
Floyd said the 50/50 program will produce 50 naval officers in 50 states to increase visibility of the program. Because the Navy is unable to bring its most powerful tool, its sea and aircraft, it is bringing its officers to make its pitch.
Floyd is currently on the Navy staff at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.