WASHINGTON (News Release) - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, has been promoted to serve on the coveted House Armed Services Committee (HASC) during the 115th Congress.
The HASC assignment will allow Dr. Abraham to play a key role in setting military policy for the United States and place him in prime position to protect Louisiana's military installations, including Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Fort Polk near Leesville, the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in New Orleans and Belle Chasse, and other Louisiana military-related priorities.
The HASC assignment was a highly-sought position among members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Thirty-three members of Congress applied to fill just eight open positions.
"It is a great honor to be appointed to the HASC. Our military is the strength and backbone of our wonderful country. America will always owe an unpayable debt to our men and women in uniform, both past and present," Dr. Abraham said. "This assignment allows me to be personally and directly involved in the fight against terrorism and for freedom. I will also continue to be an unbending advocate for our great veterans and their families."
Dr. Abraham was a First Lieutenant with the 20th SFG Airborne Division of the Army National Guard from 1986-1989. Additionally, he is a fixed-wing and helicopter pilot who currently flies reconnaissance missions for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and he is a mission pilot for the Air Force's Civil Air Patrol Green Flag Program.
HASC Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said, "I'm very glad to welcome Dr. Abraham to the HASC. He’s shown himself to be a tireless advocate for our military service members and our veterans. We will work together to strengthen our Armed Forces and make sure America is always in the best position to succeed against any threat we might face."
"Congressman Abraham has a long standing track record of supporting the military. Over the years, his tireless efforts have certainly helped the Louisiana National Guard maintain a ready posture and enabled us to better serve the citizens of Louisiana," said Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard. "It comes as no surprise to me that a man of his talents and vision should find a place on the House Armed Services Committee. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity and am certain that he will continue down a path of success for our state and nation."
Fort Polk Progress Chairman Mike Reese said, "Congressman Abraham has vast experience in military operations and has demonstrated incredible support for our joint readiness center here at Fort Polk. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he will better be able to communicate his intimate knowledge of our community and our base's future potential to the Army's civilian and military leaders so that they fully understand the military value of this great base in Louisiana. We look forward to working with Congressman Abraham in this new capacity."
Additional committee assignments for the 115th Congress are expected later this week.