Keating Gets New Assignment

Congressman Bill Keating

WASHINGTON, DC – 9th District Congressman Bill Keating has been appointed to serve on the House Armed Services Committee, the new assignment replaces his position on the House Committee on Homeland Security. He was assigned to the new job by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Steering Committee.

“This is a great committee assignment for our district, and I am honored the Speaker and Steering and Policy Committee have appointed me to the Armed Services Committee,”said Keating. “With Joint Base Cape Cod right at the center of our district, as well as numerous other military and research initiatives housedboth on the base and throughout the South Coast and South Shore,we will be able to influence policy that directly affects thousands of our service members and civilian employees.Moreover, this Committee assignment will allow me to continue to work to bring new missions to the base. Joint Base Cape Cod is not just a forward-looking military installation with continually developing technology partnerships, it is a huge economic engine for our entire district. It contributes substantially to our nation’s readiness through its many military installations and by serving as a unique hub for research and development.”

Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC) houses the United States Air Force’s 102nd Intelligence Wing, the largest Army National Guard training site in New England, as well as Air National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard missions alongside sixteen other Federal and State agencies. JBCC is also home to the 6th Space Warning Squadron, which is responsible for intercontinental missile warning and space surveillance. The Cape Cod Air Force Station’s PAVE PAWS system is one of only two in the contiguous United States and monitors the entire Eastern Seaboard.

The Army National Guard’s Camp Edwards training facility on JBCC is one of only three locations in the Northeast that contain full-scale training centers designed to simulate Forward Operating Bases in countries around the world, including Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2015, Keating joined the Air National Guard in announcing a new Cyber Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance unit at JBCC, and a new Data Protection Unit should soon be operational on the base as well.

Also of note, the 9th District is home to the largest percentage of military veterans in the state.

In addition to the assignment on the HASC, Keating is expected to chair one of the Subcommittees of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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