Congressman Jon Runyan (NJ-03) will spend the upcoming Super Bowl weekend touring an aircraft carrier and spending time with service members on the USS George H. W. Bush. As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Runyan will participate in an official Congressional Delegation trip to learn more about aircraft carrier operations and capabilities.
The USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) is the newest and final Nimitz-class supercarrier in the United States Navy inventory. The carrier was commissioned on January 10, 2009 and features new air operations designs, including modernized aircraft launch and recovery equipment and redesigned jet blast deflectors.
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Congressman Runyan's home District serves a critical role in Naval carrier operations, as NAVAIR Lakehurst is the world leader in Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) and Aircraft Platform Interface (API), which assure that fixed and vertical wing aircraft operate safely and effectively from aircraft carriers and other Navy platforms.
"This is an incredible learning opportunity for me to get a firsthand look at the operations of our nation's aircraft carrier fleet," said Runyan. "Most importantly, it is an honor and privilege to be able to interact with these sailors and Marines, watch the Super Bowl with them, and have the opportunity to hear their experiences and needs. I want to thank them personally for their service to our country."
Congressman Runyan represents the Third District of New Jersey and is a former player in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons. During his NFL career, Runyan was an all-pro offensive tackle, and made two trips to the Super Bowl. He is the fourth NFL player to be elected to Congress.