By Michael P. Neufeld
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA 08) has two new subcommittee assignments.
Cook, who served as an infantry officer and retired as a colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, will serve on the Tactical Air and Land Forces subcommittee and the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee. The appointment was made this week by House Armed Services Committee chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA 25).
A media advisory from Cook’s Washington office indicates the two subcommittees maintain oversight over programs that touch every branch of the military in the United States.
Tactical Air and Land Forces oversees ammunition programs, equipment acquisition for air and ground forces, and the National Guard, among other programs. Seapower and Projection Forces focuses on the Navy’s fleet and amphibious combat operations. Both include strong research and development components that ensure our Armed Forces remain on the cutting edge, according to the press release.
“I think this is going to be a great fit,” Cook’s release stated. “My congressional district has four service branches operating within it, and I spent 26 years in the Marines. I couldn’t ask for better subcommittee assignments, and I hope my experiences in the military will be an asset to my colleagues and contribute to the solutions for the problems we face.
“Above all else, I’m going to fight to make sure we maintain a strong military and to make sure we take care of our troops. They need the resources to complete the mission and do so in the safest way possible,” Cook added.
Cook, a former State Assemblyman, had earlier been assigned to the Armed Services, Foreign Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs committees.