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Representatives Mark Green, Stephen Lynch Introduce Bill Holding DOD, VA Accountable for Veterans’ Toxic Exposure

 

U.S. house of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. – Today, Thursday, February 27th, 2020, Representative Mark Green (R-TN) and Representative Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 5957, the K2 Veterans Toxic Exposure Accountability Act of 2020, which directs the Secretary of Defense to assess the toxic exposure of American military service members deployed to Karshi Khanabad Air Base (K2) in Uzbekistan from 2001 to 2005 and address the health conditions caused by this exposure.

U.S. Representative Mark Green

U.S. Representative Mark Green

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President Donald Trump’s Administrations Coronavirus Response Is Protecting Americans

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – “The first duty of the federal government is to keep our citizens safe. Since the United States first became aware on December 30th of what has become known as the novel coronavirus, America’s public health officials have closely monitored the situation, worked to understand the virus and taken steps to limit Americans’ exposure to it,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and HHS Secretary Alex Azar write in USA Today.

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President Donald J. Trump Has Delivered Record Breaking Results For The American People In His First Three Years In Office

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – Promoting economic prosperity for all, President Trump’s pro-growth policies have led to an economic boom that is lifting up Americans of all backgrounds.

Since President Trump’s election, more than 7 million jobs have been added to the economy.

For the first time on record there are more job openings than unemployed Americans.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

U.S. President Donald J. Trump

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U.S. Army Garrison Italy Christmas Layaway accounts mysteriously paid off for Sixth Straight Year

 

U.S. Army Garrison ItalyVicenza, Italy – A scheduled holiday promotion to pay off military family Christmas layaway charge accounts was canceled last Tuesday after Exchange officials learned an unknown person or persons already paid off the accounts.

“The Pay Away the Layaway organization chose to come to Vicenza and pay off military family layaway balances filled with gifts and essentials for kids. But we had to move the event to Aviano because someone already did it,” explained Italy Consolidated Exchange General Manager Jennifer Jordan.

For the sixth consecutive year, an unknown person or persons paid off Vicenza-based Soldier and family Exchange layaway accounts without warning. Army Sgt. Bailon Batalion (left) and Tranika Floyd picked up their Christmas layaway holiday gifts at the main Exchange store in Vicenza, Italy on Thursday, December 19th. (Laura Kreider, U.S. Army Garrison Italy)

For the sixth consecutive year, an unknown person or persons paid off Vicenza-based Soldier and family Exchange layaway accounts without warning. Army Sgt. Bailon Batalion (left) and Tranika Floyd picked up their Christmas layaway holiday gifts at the main Exchange store in Vicenza, Italy on Thursday, December 19th. (Laura Kreider, U.S. Army Garrison Italy)

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Lamar Alexander says President Donald Trump Signs Bill that Gives Troops Biggest Pay Raise in 10 Years

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows our priority is the men and women who serve in our armed forces. This defense bill authorizes the biggest pay raise for troops at Fort Campbell, Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma and Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington in 10 years, and continues to make research and development of new technologies a priority so our military can deal with new and emerging threats,” said Senator Alexander.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Marsha Blackburn & other Senators Urge Response to National Security Threats Posed by Chinese Drones

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Federal Aviation Administrator Stephen Dickson to express concerns regarding the national security threats posed by Chinese drones.

“We…urge you to immediately restrict the use of this equipment and technology that has the potential to jeopardize the security of critical information and infrastructure gained through this and other FAA programs,” the Senators write. “American taxpayer dollars should not fund state-controlled or state-owned firms that seek to undermine American national security and economic competitiveness.”

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Lamar Alexander reports U.S. Senate Passes Defense Bill that Gives Troops Pay Raises, Better Housing, More Equipment and Training

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report:

“Governing is about setting priorities, and this bill shows our priority is the men and women who serve in our armed forces. This defense bill authorizes pay raises for troops at Fort Campbell and the Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, and continues to make research and development of new technologies a priority so our military can deal with new and emerging threats,” stated Senator Alexander.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Senator Marsha Blackburn Votes to Fully Support U.S. Military

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – On Tuesday, December 17th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a conferee for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, voted to fully support the United States Military. Senator Blackburn advocated for several provisions critical to groups in Tennessee that are included in defense spending for 2020.

“This defense spending legislation supports our key priorities of taking care of our troops and their families, rebuilding the military, and implementing the National Defense Strategy,” Senator Blackburn said.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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U.S. Representative Mark Green’s Spiritual Readiness Amendment Passes the House

 

U.S. house of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. – On Wednesday, December 11th, 2019, Representative Mark Green’s Spiritual Readiness Amendment passed the House as part of the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). 

Earlier this year, Representative Green was appointed to serve on the NDAA Conference Committee tasked with reconciling the House and Senate defense authorization bills into a final version for the upcoming year. 

U.S. Representative Mark Green

U.S. Representative Mark Green

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Blanchfield Army Community Hospital head, neck surgeon Alexander Lanigan earns Expert Field Medical Badge

 

Blanchfield Army Community Hospital (BACH)Fort Campbell, KY – A head and neck surgeon, or otolaryngologist, from Blanchfield Army Community Hospital was among the 42 Soldiers to qualify for the Army’s Expert Field Medical Badge during EFMB testing sponsored by the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), November 15th -27th, 2019.

Capt. Alexander Lanigan, assigned to BACH’s Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic, said he was inspired to earn his badge after working with Soldiers from operational units on Fort Campbell.

An Expert Field Medical Badge grader reviews the method for extracting a casualty from a vehicle with an EFMB candidate during the standardization phase of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) EFMB qualification held on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Nov. 15 -27. EFMB candidates must demonstrate proficiency in Casualty Evacuation Tasks, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Land Navigation, Communication Tasks and Warrior Skills in order to qualify for the coveted badge. (U.S Army photo by Maria Yager)

An Expert Field Medical Badge grader reviews the method for extracting a casualty from a vehicle with an EFMB candidate during the standardization phase of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) EFMB qualification held on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Nov. 15 -27. EFMB candidates must demonstrate proficiency in Casualty Evacuation Tasks, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Land Navigation, Communication Tasks and Warrior Skills in order to qualify for the coveted badge. (U.S Army photo by Maria Yager)

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