Riley Named Vice-Chair of Military Subcommittee

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Office of U.S. Representative Bob Riley

    WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Congressman Bob Riley was chosen
 Wednesday to become vice chairman of the Military Readiness panel of the House
 Armed Services Committee.
     "Readiness is a silent enemy within the ranks," Rep. Riley said, adding
 that the ability to fight is the primary mission of any military. "If war
 becomes necessary, the readiness of our troops won't be measured by
 inspections and reports; it will be in lives and battles lost, and in people
 and property liberated."
     Congressman Riley will assist Pennsylvania Representative Curt Weldon,
 chairman of the Military Readiness Subcommittee, in managing the group's daily
 tasks. The subcommittee has legislative and oversight jurisdiction over
 maintenance, training, modernization and recruiting in our Armed Forces along
 with ensuring that the military is ready for war. Since its jurisdiction is so
 large, there are few areas of national defense that don't fall under the
 subcommittee's oversight.
     "I'm honored to be named to a leadership role on the Military Readiness
 Subcommittee. It's a serious job, and I'll focus all of my efforts to
 strengthen morale among the troops, better define our missions and restore the
 U.S. military to a matchless level of readiness that will certainly make any
 potential threat think long and hard before testing America's resolve,"
 Congressman Riley said.
     The third-term Ashland Republican has been a vocal opponent of the
 exhaustive and sometimes careless treatment given to our troops in recent
 years. Missions were increased while personnel and equipment were decreased,
 which Congressman Riley believes has unquestionably led to supply shortages,
 low morale, low retention rates and an overall unacceptable level of military
 readiness.
     "For several years our soldiers were ordered to do more with less. They
 did it because they are the best soldiers in the world, but there's no doubt
 our troops and their families paid a substantial price," Congressman Riley
 said. "It's irresponsible to constantly run full-speed in a peace-time
 environment."
     Since Congressman Riley has worked so closely with the Anniston Army
 Depot, he will bring much-needed insight and experience into the maintenance
 and modernization aspects of the subcommittee. Congressman Bob Stump, chairman
 of the House Armed Services Committee, said that having Congressman Riley help
 lead the effort will certainly strengthen our nation's military readiness.
     "As my committee begins working with President Bush, we are particularly
 fortunate to be able to count on such a talented and experienced congressman
 like Bob Riley," Chairman Stump said. "It's not only important to have a goal,
 it's equally important to have the right people working to reach that goal.
 Bob Riley is the right man for the job."
 
 

SOURCE Office of U.S. Representative Bob Riley
    WASHINGTON, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Congressman Bob Riley was chosen
 Wednesday to become vice chairman of the Military Readiness panel of the House
 Armed Services Committee.
     "Readiness is a silent enemy within the ranks," Rep. Riley said, adding
 that the ability to fight is the primary mission of any military. "If war
 becomes necessary, the readiness of our troops won't be measured by
 inspections and reports; it will be in lives and battles lost, and in people
 and property liberated."
     Congressman Riley will assist Pennsylvania Representative Curt Weldon,
 chairman of the Military Readiness Subcommittee, in managing the group's daily
 tasks. The subcommittee has legislative and oversight jurisdiction over
 maintenance, training, modernization and recruiting in our Armed Forces along
 with ensuring that the military is ready for war. Since its jurisdiction is so
 large, there are few areas of national defense that don't fall under the
 subcommittee's oversight.
     "I'm honored to be named to a leadership role on the Military Readiness
 Subcommittee. It's a serious job, and I'll focus all of my efforts to
 strengthen morale among the troops, better define our missions and restore the
 U.S. military to a matchless level of readiness that will certainly make any
 potential threat think long and hard before testing America's resolve,"
 Congressman Riley said.
     The third-term Ashland Republican has been a vocal opponent of the
 exhaustive and sometimes careless treatment given to our troops in recent
 years. Missions were increased while personnel and equipment were decreased,
 which Congressman Riley believes has unquestionably led to supply shortages,
 low morale, low retention rates and an overall unacceptable level of military
 readiness.
     "For several years our soldiers were ordered to do more with less. They
 did it because they are the best soldiers in the world, but there's no doubt
 our troops and their families paid a substantial price," Congressman Riley
 said. "It's irresponsible to constantly run full-speed in a peace-time
 environment."
     Since Congressman Riley has worked so closely with the Anniston Army
 Depot, he will bring much-needed insight and experience into the maintenance
 and modernization aspects of the subcommittee. Congressman Bob Stump, chairman
 of the House Armed Services Committee, said that having Congressman Riley help
 lead the effort will certainly strengthen our nation's military readiness.
     "As my committee begins working with President Bush, we are particularly
 fortunate to be able to count on such a talented and experienced congressman
 like Bob Riley," Chairman Stump said. "It's not only important to have a goal,
 it's equally important to have the right people working to reach that goal.
 Bob Riley is the right man for the job."
 
 SOURCE  Office of U.S. Representative Bob Riley