Defense Secretary in Alabama Tuesday

FORT RUCKER, Al (WSFA).- WSFA 12 News has confirmed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is coming to Fort Rucker Tuesday.

Gates will visit the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker.

His tour will include visits to USAACE training and maintenance facilities.

He will also have several stops to speak with Aviation Soldiers.

Mr. Gates' visit to the lower Alabama military installation follows his April 6 announcement of defense budget reforms, which includes approximately $500 million for Army Aviation.