Paul Davis, candidate for Congress in the Kansas 2nd District, visited Leavenworth this week for the first meeting of his campaign's military advisory group.

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Paul Davis, candidate for Congress in the Kansas 2nd District, visited Leavenworth this week for the first meeting of his campaign’s military advisory

Its purpose is to provide counsel and expertise on issues that impact national security and the United States Armed Forces.

“Keeping America safe is the most important job of the federal government,” Davis said in a news release. “As a member of Congress, I will routinely engage experts in decisions that impact our military – including active duty personnel, reserve and guard forces, veterans and retirees. I strongly believe that open lines of communication are essential to our security as a nation and the vitality of our military installations here in Kansas.”

Retired Army Col. Kevin Benson serves as the chairman of the group.

“Our group is pleased to help Mr. Davis,” Benson said in a news release. “We will offer him a range of informed national security advice, based on our experience.”

The group’s first meeting covered a variety of issues. Davis received feedback regarding current national security issues, including President Trump’s recent North Korea summit, looming cybersecurity threats, and how Davis can best support Fort Leavenworth through any future Base Realignment and Closure procedures in Washington, if elected.

Additionally, much discussion centered on broader challenges and opportunities facing the United States armed forces.

"Fort Leavenworth plays an essential role in training the leaders of our armed forces,” Davis said in the release. “I am grateful for the counsel and expertise of this advisory group, who have already become an important sounding board in my efforts to build relationships and become an advocate for the military community in Congress.”