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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Brooks Welcomes 115th Army Aviation Caucus Co-Chairs

January 18, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL-05) welcomed Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), Martha Roby (R-AL-02), and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-02) as Co-Chairs for the Army Aviation Caucus (AAC) in the 115th Congress.  Congressman Brooks established the AAC in 2011 to provide a forum among Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and the Army to improve support and communication for Army aviation.

Congressman Brooks said, “I am excited to welcome Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Martha Roby, and Tulsi Gabbard as Congressional Co-Chairs of the Army Aviation Caucus for the 115th Congress.  As Co-Chairs of the caucus, we seek to raise awareness of Army aviation issues with Congress and the public and reaffirm Congress’ bipartisan commitment to aviation readiness.”

Representative Martha Roby said, “It is my great honor to represent a district that is home to the Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker.  During my time in Congress, I’ve made it a point to share with my colleagues in Congress the great value Fort Rucker and Army Aviation are for our Armed Forces.  I am proud to co-chair the Army Aviation Caucus alongside Reps. Brooks, DeLauro and Gabbard for the 115th Congress.  I look forward to working together to promote the great work of Army Aviation and to share the unique role it plays in today’s military.”  

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said, “The bipartisan Army Aviation Caucus is critical to highlighting key defense issues for Congress and I am honored serve as Co-Chair along with Reps. Brooks, Gabbard, and Roby.  Together, we will be able to elevate these important issues, which strengthen a sector that employs thousands of Americans and is a significant share of our nation’s defense budget.  I am proud to represent the headquarters of Sikorsky in my district, where hardworking men and women build some of the most advanced helicopters in the world, and I look forward to working closely with the caucus.”

Brooks concluded, “The U.S. Army boasts the largest, most modern, and well-trained aviation force in the world.  Unfortunately, recent force structure cuts threaten military readiness, and Army aviation is often the first to be cut in funding, resources, and personnel.  It is incumbent upon Congress to ensure that our nation’s aviation advantage is maintained and joint air-ground team and Combatant Commanders are fully supported, with combat readiness as the number-one priority.  The Army Aviation Caucus will continue work in the new Congress to ensure that this special area of our armed forces receives the support needed to face the demands of an ever-changing global landscape.”

Congressman Brooks is the founder and Co-Chair of the AAC and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Congresswoman DeLauro is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, serving as the Ranking Member on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.  Representative Martha Roby is a member of the House Judiciary Committee as well as the House Appropriations Committee, serving on the Defense Subcommittee.  Representative Tulsi Gabbard is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. They replace former Representative Tammy Duckworth as Co-Chairs.

The Army Aviation Caucus includes more than 35 members and has bipartisan support in Washington, D.C.