Our district is rich in military families and veterans. Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution grants Congress the authority to declare war, raise and support armies, provide for a navy, and establish the rules for the operation of American military forces. As a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, and a proud veteran, providing for the common defense is a responsibility I take very seriously. I was honored to be appointed to the House Armed Services Committee, the committee with jurisdiction over the U.S. military and national security, in the 114th Congress, and I am committed to ensuring that our troops have the equipment and training necessary to successfully complete their missions.