Rep. Mike Turner was named Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Rep. Turner announced today. The panel has significant power to support and enhance Southwest Ohio’s economic vitality.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon has named Rep. Mike Turner Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Rep. Turner announced today. The panel has significant power to support and enhance Southwest Ohio’s economic vitality.
The Subcommittee oversees the nation’s nuclear arsenal, our military’s assets in outer space, the Department of Defense’s intelligence programs, and also over missile defense systems – all of which are critical to U.S. National Security and to Ohio’s Economy.
“Wright-Patterson is the largest single-site employer in Ohio,” Turner said. “This position puts me in a key position to protect and expand the base, and to continue to focus efforts to modernize America’s nuclear infrastructure, build and deploy a robust missile defense system, and enhance space and intelligence support to America’s warfighters. I am honored to serve on the House Armed Services Committee and excited to be named to the leadership team.”
As Chairman of the Subcommittee, Rep. Turner will be a lead advocate in Ohio’s Congressional delegation for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. NASIC is the nation’s premier analytical expertise in air, space, counterspace, and cyberspace and is responsible for over two thousand jobs in the Dayton area. This chairmanship strengthens Ohio’s ability to protect NASIC from attempts to critical jobs and missions away to other states.
As a Subcommittee Chairman on Armed Services, Turner will also be in a position to support NASA Glenn in Cleveland, the Lima Army Tank Plant, the Springfield Air National Guard Base and other key Ohio military installations.
“Mike Turner has been a crucial part of the House Armed Services Committee Republican leadership team,” Rep. McKeon said. “As Ranking Member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Mike has displayed superior intellect, the capacity to manage complex subject matters and tremendous leadership ability. He is a natural choice to lead the Subcommittee and I look forward to working with him on the national security challenges facing our country.”
Rep. Turner was recently elected to his fifth term in Congress. He has been a member of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee since beginning his service in the House in 2003, and served as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee in the 111th Congress.