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Stitt taps Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Military

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Ben Robinson
Ben Robinson

Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed Monday a U.S. Air Force veteran and president of an aerospace consulting company to serve as his Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Military.

Filling out his cabinet, Stitt tapped retired Brig. Gen. Ben Robinson to advise him on veterans and military issues.

An Oklahoma City resident, Robinson is the owner and president of Sentry One LLC, an aerospace consulting company. Before forming his own consulting firm, Robinson was the executive director of Boeing Aerospace Operations in Oklahoma City.

Robinson retired from active duty in 2002 after more than three decades of service, including combat missions with both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army. Robinson held a command pilot rating with nearly 5,000 hours of flying and 150 combat missions.

In 2010, he was awarded the first lifetime achievement award from the Oklahoma Aerospace Alliance.

“Ben Robinson bravely served our country in the United States Air Force, and continues to contribute to Oklahoma’s veterans and military community every day,” Stitt said in a statement. “He is a patriot and an extremely qualified expert who will be a champion for our men and women in uniform and the veterans across our state.”

Robinson marks Stitt's final addition to his cabinet, which consists of more than a dozen top officials who help guide the state's executive branch. Robinson's appointment is contingent upon approval from the state Senate.

Carmen Forman

Carmen Forman covers the state Capitol and governor's office for The Oklahoman. A Norman native and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she previously covered state politics in Virginia and Arizona before returning to Oklahoma. Read more ›

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