House Armed Services Committee to Hold Field Hearing in Arizona

Jul 30, 2006
Press Release

Contact: Josh Holly (202) 225-2539

 

Washington, D.C. --- U.S. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today announced that the Armed Services Committee will hold a field hearing in Arizona to study the impact security along the Southern Border has on national security and military readiness.  The field hearing will take place at United States Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (MCAS Yuma) on August 2, 2006.

During the hearing, Members will focus on the current status of U.S. troops on the border, as well as the overall impact of border security on military base activities, infrastructure, training and operations.  Additionally, expert witnesses will testify on their assessments of the current security challenges associated with the Southern Border, as well as each of their organizations’ roles and responsibilities in providing border security.  Members will also investigate how these organizations interact to either provide or support border security.

Details for the field hearing are as follows:

What:      House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Field Hearing

 

Who:     Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), HASC Chairman

            Rep. Silvestro Reyes (D-TX), HASC

            Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC), HASC

            Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), HASC

            Rep. Thelma Drake (R-VA), HASC

            Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)

When:   1:00 p.m. MST  Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Where:   Officer’s Club                         
             U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
             32nd Street and Avenue 3E
             Yuma, Arizona
             General Phone: (928) 269-2011
             Website: https://www.yuma.usmc.mil/

 

Witnesses:    Lieutenant General H Steven Blum, USA
                   Chief, National Guard Bureau
   Colonel Ben Hancock, USMC
   Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (MCAS Yuma)
   U.S. Marine Corps 
  
   Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey Calhoon
   Sector Deputy Chief
   U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency
  
   Major General Antonio J. Pineda
   National Commander
   U.S. Civil Air Patrol

 

Details for News Media: Credentialed news media interested in covering the field hearing should RSVP to the MCAS Yuma Public Affairs Office at (928) 269-3609 by 12:00 p.m. MST on Tuesday, August 1, 2006.

Media access to MCAS Yuma will be through the North Gate only. Broadcast media intending to set up live feed trucks must arrive by 11:00 a.m. MST.  Other media should plan to arrive by 12:00 p.m. MST.

All personnel entering the Public Hearing are subject to an individual search.

NO PERSONAL WEAPONS OF ANY TYPE ARE ALLOWED ON THE INSTALLATION. 

Details for General Public:     The general public must access MCAS Yuma through the North Gate (beginning at 11:00 a.m. MST) and provide the gate sentry with a valid driver's license, proof of insurance and current vehicle registration.  Due to space and security constraints, a maximum of 250 people may attend the hearing and no vehicles larger than 15 passenger vans will be permitted. 

ALL VEHICLES ARE SUBJECT TO INSPECTION.

The general public will be directed to park in one of two lots and must undergo a cursory security screening before being bussed to the Officer’s Club. 

There will be additional security screening at the Officer’s Club.  Back packs, photography or similar bags, or luggage of any type will not be permitted into the Officer’s Club. Female purses will be subject to search.      

NO PERSONAL WEAPONS OF ANY TYPE ARE ALLOWED ON THE INSTALLATION.

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