Two days before sequestration is scheduled to take effect, Congressman Mike Rogers met with General Dennis L. Via, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, to continue fighting for Anniston Army Depot (ANAD) workers and a smarter, more reasonable way to help reduce excessive Federal spending that does not threaten our national security.
Rogers met with Gen. Via, who oversees Army logistics, materiel readiness and all depots, this morning at a House Depot Caucus meeting. Other military and civilian leaders of the Department of Defense also attended the event, where Rogers and Via discussed the impact of sequestration on military readiness and the important mission of the Anniston Army Depot.
"As our nation continues to evolve its national security strategy, the Anniston Army Depot will continue to play a vital role in our nation's overall military readiness. President Obama's sequester is a threat to our national security and the thousands of patriotic jobs that support our warfighters. We must cut spending but there has to be a better, more reasonable approach," Rogers said.
Late last week, Rogers sent a letter to Major General Frank D. Turner III, commander of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, to request information from the Army on any workload from additional or potential foreign military sales (FMS) that could go to the Anniston Army Depot since previous FMS workload has supported jobs there.
"The entire community is working hard to ensure we leave no stone unturned when it comes to strengthening and securing the Depot, and all other Third District military facilities," he said. The letter is part of a series of ongoing efforts by Rogers to fight for work at ANAD especially with the uncertainty surrounding President Obama's sequestration.
Rogers serves a Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee.