West Virginia’s Next Generation of Leaders

On the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe(V-E)Day, I had the honor to visit Parkersburg High School and congratulate three students who will join the Class of 2019 at our distinguished Military Service Academies.

Hannah Hill of Parkersburg will attend the Merchant Marine Academy in the fall.

Hunter Hill, Hannah’s sister, will head to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He will be joining his sister, Madison, Class of 2016.

Nicholas Cheuvront will head off to Colorado to become a Cadet at the Air Force Academy at the end of the summer.

One of the best parts of my job is nominating candidates to our service academies. You can find the nomination form on our webpage here.

Helping Our Economy Take-Off

During a visit to the Wheeling-Ohio Airport this week, I sat down with local aviation leaders to discuss the future of the airport. The airport can be an important job creator in the Wheeling area and there is a vital role for further investment here.

Click below to watch the full story from WTOV:

What About Indoor Air Quality?

Last week, I challenged my colleagues to ask about indoor air quality. Too often, the EPA and environmentalists focus on closing coal power plants, arguing it will make our air even cleaner. They even go so far as to say power plants are causing asthma and other respiratory problems for children.

But this is the wrong question. Why aren’t we worried about our indoor air quality – where we spend most of our time? Watch here:


West Virginia’s World War Two Veterans

In commemoration of V-E Day, the Charleston Daily Mail has a great piece about our veterans and the services they still need. There is a special need for volunteers to help these 90-year-olds reach the VA hospital. Read it in full here.

On the National Mall, the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover took place on Friday at noon. The flyover included dozens of World War II aircraft flying in 15 historically sequenced warbird formations overhead. The formations represented the War’s major battles, from Pearl Harbor through the final air assault on Japan, and concluding with a missing man formation to “Taps.”

Read more about the Flyover and watch a video here.

Have a great weekend,

David McKinley

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