OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates says a Wisconsin-based maker of advanced military trucks has the gratitude of countless U.S. troops and their families.
Gates on Thursday visited Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp., which produces mine-resistant trucks, specially designed to handle Afghanistan's terrain.
He says troops love the trucks and commanders sleep better knowing their soldiers have them.
Hundreds of employees gathered for Gates' speech. Many nodded when he said the work they do saves American lives.
The Pentagon has ordered about 6,200 of the vehicles from the Oshkosh, Wis.-based company. The contracts are worth more than $3.2 billion.