WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee made the following statement after a tragic series of fatal aviation accidents in the US Military:
"Like all Americans, I grieve over the loss of our men and women in uniform, and the tragic deaths of troops killed in aviation accidents over the past month is especially heartbreaking. What has been evident to me for some time is now becoming clear to the American people. The readiness of our military is at a crisis point."
“Last month Congress voted to provide our troops the funds they need to begin turning this crisis around. That vote involved painful choices, but Congress was right to make it and the President was right to sign it into law. Given the urgency and importance of this issue, there can be no higher priority for the Department of Defense than ensuring that our aircraft are safe and that pilots get the training they need. Nothing should divert us from that mission.“