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Griffin Announces Network of Arkansas Veterans: “Tim’s Troops”

Names Air Force Colonel (Ret.) Eggensperger, former 189th Airlift Wing Commander, to lead statewide effort

LITTLE ROCK – Second District Congressman, U.S. Army Reservist and candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Tim Griffin, issued the following statement in announcing the formation of “Tim’s Troops,” a network of Arkansas veterans that will help communicate Griffin’s common sense ideas to all Arkansans:

“Arkansas is home to over 250,000 veterans, and I’m proud to work on behalf of this distinguished group of men and women. As a Reservist and Iraq War Veteran, I am thrilled to announce that veterans from all across the state are joining ‘Tim’s Troops,’ our network of veteran supporters, to ensure that our common sense ideas to grow good-paying jobs, help Arkansas compete and take care of our veterans will triumph in November.

“I am a proud member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). In the 112th Congress, I was a member of the House Armed Services Committee and have continually worked to address the top challenges facing our veterans, including education, rising health care costs and ensuring that each veteran receives the benefits they deserve. I am honored that my congressional colleagues and fellow veterans—Rick Crawford, Steve Womack and Tom Cotton, as well as former Second District Congressman Ed Bethune—will serve as honorary co-chairs of ‘Tim’s Troops.’ In addition, I am grateful that Colonel Steve Eggensperger, a well respected military leader in Arkansas, has agreed to lead ‘Tim’s Troops’ as the State Chairman and Executive Director. I know that Colonel Eggensperger will get right to work to make ‘Tim’s Troops’ an essential and effective part of this campaign. As the campaign moves forward, I welcome the encouragement, help and support of my fellow Arkansas veterans.”

Colonel Steve Eggensperger, USAF Retired, State Chairman and Executive Director of “Tim’s Troops,” said, “As Wing Commander, I’ve worked with Congressman Griffin over the past three years on various military and veterans issues. As a veteran and a military officer, he understands our issues, he is a man of integrity, and he is a staunch advocate for the defense of this country and for taking care of our veterans. I’m proud to have the opportunity to work with and for him to advocate for conservative ideals, fiscal responsibility and for the continued support for the most capable military force this world has ever known.”

Additional Quotes from Arkansas Veterans

MG Thomas Arwood, USA Retired, said, “Tim Griffin is exactly what the state of Arkansas needs in its next Lieutenant Governor. Tim’s bold, common sense ideas will help move Arkansas forward. I call on my fellow Arkansas veterans to join me in support of a fellow comrade and soldier. Tim will always put veterans first and the launch of ‘Tim’s Troops’ shows his commitment to the veteran population.”

CSM Jimmy Cummings, USMC Retired, said, “Tim Griffin understands the importance of upholding promises to veterans and his commitment has never wavered. Tim knows how to lead and the hardships of war, having served in Iraq in 2006. As a retired Marine Corps Command Sergeant Major, I know a leader when I see one. Tim is a leader! I stand with Tim Griffin and am proud to call myself a member of ‘Tim’s Troops.’”

SFC Stephen Finnegan, USA Retired, said, “Arkansas needs a Lieutenant Governor that understands, and more importantly is committed to upholding the promises to our veterans. As a fellow veteran, I am proud to be a member of ‘Tim’s Troops’ and will work everyday to ensure that Tim is our next Lieutenant Governor so that veterans from across this state know that they have an advocate in the State Capitol.”

MG William C. Page, USA Retired, said, “We must elect Congressman Griffin as the next Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas. Not only because of his bold, common sense approach to solving problems, but because he has consistently demonstrated that he lives his life and governs based on the proven leadership principles of a professional soldier, with competence and integrity leading the way. He is a man of his word and you can bank on it! I am proud to be a part of ‘Tim’s Troops’ and I encourage every veteran in Arkansas to join us.”

COL Mike Ross, Arkansas Army National Guard Retired, said, “I have worked with Tim Griffin for the last four years as part of his Veteran Advisory Committee. He has been very supportive and responsive to the needs of the veteran community, and always takes immediate action to insure veterans receive the benefits they have earned.”

For those interested in joining “Tim’s Troops,” please visit the Griffin campaign website at and click on the “volunteer” link, or call(501) 353-0899.

Veterans from all over Arkansas have joined “Tim’s Troops,” including:

Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01), fmr. Sergeant, U.S. Army, honorary co-chair

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-03), Colonel, Arkansas Army National Guard Retired, honorary co-chair

Congressman Tom Cotton (AR-04), fmr. Captain, U.S. Army, honorary co-chair

Former Congressman, Ed Bethune (AR-02), fmr. Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, honorary co-chair

Colonel (Ret.) Steve Eggensperger, State Chairman and Executive Director of “Tim’s Troops”

COL (RET) Ralph H. Allen

SSG (RET) Gary Anderson

fmr. SGT John Appleget

MG (RET) Thomas Arwood

COL (RET) Larry Bailey

SSG Jeramy Carter

CSM (RET) Jimmy Cummings

SSG (RET) Lex Butch Davis

MAJ (RET) Keith Dover

COL (RET) Don English

LTC (RET) Mary Erdman

SFC (RET) Stephen Finnegan

fmr. SFC Jeff Frisby

MAJ (RET) Ron Fuller

SSG Dusty George

CW2 (RET) John Heffernan

LTC Jim Hendren

fmr. LCDR Gary Hunnicutt

R.D. Kinsey

SW3 (RET) Bill Matthews

MAJ (RET) Ron Miller

fmr. SGT USMC Kerry Murphy

MG (RET) William Page

LTC (RET) Marcus Richmond

COL (RET) Mike Ross

fmr. SP4 Peter Smykla

MAJ (RET) Bill Vines

LTC (RET) Dave Wallace

About Colonel Steve Eggensperger, USAF Retired

Colonel Harold S. Eggensperger was the Commander of the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 189th Airlift Wing, located at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. As Commander, he was responsible for the tactical employment, administration and training of all units within the 189th Airlift Wing. The Wing is equipped with C-130H Hercules aircraft and conducts initial and mission qualification training along with instructor qualification training for the Department of Defense and more than 20 allied nations. The 189th Airlift Wing also conducts entry level academic training for loadmasters and flight engineers through the Enlisted Aircrew Academic School.

Colonel (Ret.) Eggensperger is an Arkansas native, and graduated from high school in Conway, Arkansas, in 1979. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas in 1989. He attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona, and is a command pilot with more than 6900 flying hours in the C-130E, C-130H, T-38, and T-37 aircraft.

Colonel Eggensperger’s previous assignments include Co-Pilot, Aircraft Commander, and Instructor Pilot, 50th Tactical Airlift Squadron and Command Post Senior Controller, 314th Tactical Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. He joined the Arkansas Air Guard in 1990 and has served in various positions including Instructor Pilot, Executive Officer, Chief of Wing Plans, Chief Pilot, Operations Officer, 154th Training Squadron Commander and served as Operations Group Commander before assuming command of the 189th Airlift Wing. Colonel Eggensperger’s Professional Military Education includes Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Contingency Wartime Planning Course and Air War College.

About Congressman Tim Griffin

Congressman Tim Griffin was re-elected as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 6, 2012. For the 113th Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as an Assistant Whip for the majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 17 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

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