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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham HASC subcommittees impact Fort Polk, Barksdale

February 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced on Monday his subcommittee assignments for the House Armed Services Committee, positions that are of special importance to Louisiana’s military bases including Fort Polk and Barksdale Air Force Base.

He will serve on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the Military Personnel Subcommittee.

“These subcommittee assignments will allow me to work directly on issues that matter most to Louisiana’s military bases and the men and women who are stationed there. Not only do our military bases play an important role in defending our nation, they are also huge economic drivers for the state. I’m looking forward to making sure Louisiana has a seat at the table when it comes to military policy,” Dr. Abraham said.

The Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee makes sure our nation is protected against terrorist attacks and unconventional threats. It oversees counter-terrorism programs, U.S. Special Operations Forces, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, force protection, intelligence support and counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Policy crafted by this subcommittee is particularly important for Folk Polk as special operations forces use its Joint Reserve Training Center.

The Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee oversees programs related to the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force programs. This subcommittee is committed to reversing the decline in the Air Force’s Global Mobility and Bomber forces, which will have an impact on the Air Force Global Strike Command headquartered at Barksdale. Global Strike Command oversees the United States’ long-range strike bombers, including the B-52 bombers housed at Barksdale.

The Military Personnel Subcommittee is responsible for military personnel policy, military health care, military education and POW/MIA issues.