The issues of National Security are important to our district and to my work in Congress.
From the brave men and women who serve overseas and at the Naval Air Station – Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, to the hard-working Texans that design and manufacture the world’s most innovative weaponry, the 12th Congressional district plays an integral role in America’s national security.
Since arriving in Congress, I have worked tirelessly to strengthen our nation’s military. As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I am proud to have an important seat at the table as Congress addresses our defense funding. I will fight to strengthen our district’s contribution to the security of this country and be a vocal supporter of important weapons programs, including the F-22, H-1, V-22, and Joint Strike Fighter. These programs are integral to our national security and play a vital role in our military’s offensive and defensive strategies.
Our service members and their families also play a critical role in America’s national security strategy. I believe it is extremely important that we increase the quality of life for our men and women in uniform, their families and our nation’s veterans. I am committed to fighting for our military families and supporting legislation that promotes the welfare of our service women and men.
As the former Chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, I am also proud to play a role in deploying our nation’s soft power as part of our overall national security strategy. The Subcommittee’s work includes efforts to support our ally Israel and stop the spread of global terrorism.
In 2012, I stood with Governor Rick Perry and members of the 136th Airlift Wing of the Texas Air National Guard to fight a costly and unnecessary Air Force proposal that looked to move the Texas National Guard C-130 squadron to Montana. After months of hard work, I am proud that we were able keep the C-130s where they are needed and where they belong: Fort Worth.
Global War on Terror
While more than a decade has passed, the horrifying images of September 11, 2001, have not faded. We have been reminded by the shooting at Fort Hood and the bombings at the Boston Marathon that the threat of terrorism to our homeland has not faded. We cannot afford to take these threats lightly or doubt the ever-increasing globalization of terrorism. I am determined to defeat terrorism through a sound defensive position and unquestionable military might.
More on National Security
At the U.S.S. Fort Worth commissioning ceremony last weekend, we were fortunate enough to have my good friend Gordon England deliver the keynote address. Mr. England has served as both the Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the U.S. Navy. He was instrumental in making the U.S.S. Fort Worth part of our city’s legacy, and we were all moved by his words. I wanted to share his speech with all of you.
Chairwoman Granger, along with seven other committee and subcommittee chairmen, sent a letter to President Obama earlier this week regarding the events surrounding the terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya. They reiterated their concerns about the Administration’s response to the attack, the presumed lack of post-9/11 preparedness leading up to the event, and the delayed FBI investigation after the death of Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
BY SCOTT NISHIMURA
GALVESTON -- With the words "Man your ship and bring her to life," U.S. Rep. Kay Granger put the cap on Saturday's commissioning of the USS Fort Worth, the Navy's next-generation warship that promises to carry the city's name around the world for the next 30 years.
The $480 million ship -- the third in a fleet of agile littoral combat ships designed to confront threats such as piracy and terrorism in coastal waters -- went into service on Galveston's Pier 21 before 3,200 dignitaries, service members and spectators who managed to find a ticket.
GALVESTON - Petty Officer 1st Class Francisco Fernandez stood at attention Saturday as his ship, the high-tech Littoral Combat Ship USS Fort Worth, was commissioned in Galveston, just up the road from his hometown of Pasadena.
"I feel honored," Fernandez said of serving on the Fort Worth, shortly before Vice Admiral Mark Ferguson III announced to more than 1,000 guests. "I hereby place the United States Ship Fort Worth in commission."
Galveston, TX - Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12) joined the U.S. Navy to commission the USS Fort Worth, the third littoral combat ship (LCS-3), at a ceremony today in Galveston, Texas. Granger is the ship sponsor. Thousands of people attended the event, including large crowds from Fort Worth. The ship was officially named at a Christening ceremony in 2010 following a grassroots campaign led by Granger and the entire community to name the ship after the North Texas city founded by our nation’s military.
You have to hand it to U.S. Rep. Kay Granger: She latched onto the idea of getting a Navy ship named after Fort Worth and never let go.
On Saturday, Granger is expected to be in Galveston along with a herd of local residents for the official ceremony changing the name of a vessel heretofore known as LCS 3, which she christened almost two years ago at a Wisconsin shipyard, to the long-sought USS Fort Worth.
It will be a proud moment for Granger, for the local commissioning committee that has planned the event, and for Fort Worth.
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy will commission the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship Fort Worth (LCS 3) Sept. 22, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at the Port of Galveston, Texas.
The ship's name honors the city of Fort Worth, Texas, which has supported the U.S. military as home to ranger outposts, training facilities, aviation depots, and defense manufacturing for more than 140 years. Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, the ship's sponsor, will give the command to "man our ship and bring her to life" during the ceremony.
Public tours are scheduled this week aboard the USS Fort Worth, which arrived in Galveston Monday in preparation for its commissioning on Saturday.
The ship is the second in the U.S. Navy's Freedom-variant of littoral combat ships designed to fight in close-to-shore operations, Navy officials said.
This week the United States suffered a great loss. On September 11, 2012, four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were tragically killed during a violent protest in Benghazi, Libya. I strongly condemned the attacks that occurred on our diplomatic facilities in Libya and Egypt. My deepest sympathies go out to the families of those who lost their lives or were injured.