First Americans are often the most represented ethnicity in any branch of the military. They have a storied history of proud service, from the Choctaw-Chickasaw Code Talkers in WWI to the 42,000 First Americans who served in Vietnam. It follows that tribes, especially in Oklahoma, now play an integral role in our national security. They support our military not only on the frontlines, but also in terms of goods, services and programs developed to keep our nation safe.
From testing and developing drone operation programs to building communications systems to manufacturing tactical trailers, tribes play a critical role in maintaining readiness for our country’s armed forces. They also contribute to operational support of the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Missile Defense Agency, among others, to provide goods and services essential to national security.
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