Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, today praised the selection of Lawton’s Bill Burgess as the state’s Civilian Aide to U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh.
Each state has a Civilian Aide, whose unpaid job it is to promote good relations between the Army and the public. The Lawton area is home to Fort Sill, a huge Army artillery training post.
According to Inhofe’s office, Burgess is the chairman of the board of Vortex, a real estate company; the senior partner of Burgess & Hightower Law Firm; and chairman emeritus of Techrizon.
Burgess is a state regent for higher education and a former state leader of the Boy Scouts of America.
“I congratulate Bill Burgess on this important assignment,” Cole said. “Bill has an outstanding record of public service in Oklahoma. As the son of a career Army noncommissioned officer, incoming State Chamber of Commerce president, and a leader in business and education, Bill will bring an amazing range of contacts, experience and skills to the job. I have no doubt he will make an excellent Civilian Aide.”
“I admire Bill’s leadership and long-term advocacy for the state of Oklahoma,” Inhofe said. “Now, as he begins serving as a Civilian Aide to the United States Army, I look forward to working with him to advance the needs of the Secretary and the United States Army.”