equestration, military construction, and unmanned aerial systems were topics of discussion today when Congressman Kevin Cramer met with Major General David Sprynczynatyk along with other officers including Colonel Bob Beckland, Colonel Steve Tabor and Lieutenant Colonel Davina French over lunch in his Washington office.
"This was an important meeting with Major General Sprynczynatyk and members of the North Dakota National Guard today," Cramer said. "Regular and frank communication with Guard leadership gives me the ability to advocate for the priorities of our Airmen and soldiers."
Cramer agreed with General Sprynczynatyk that sequestration significantly impacts combat readiness and expressed his frustration about the Department of Defense's (DOD) decision to cut tuition programs.
"The decision made to cut tuition funding is disappointing to me," Cramer said. "This is why I am cosponsoring Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick's bill to appropriate funds for the Department of Defense tuition assistance program."
Military Construction (MILCON) was another area of common concern between the Congressman and Guard leadership.
"I have supported a continuing resolution that includes a full-year Defense Appropriations bill, as well as, a full-year Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill," Cramer said. "I don't expect the Senate to send legislation back that will alter this critical piece while our military is making cuts."
The group also discussed North Dakota's proposal for a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test site and Grand Forks Air Force Base being a candidate for the new KC-46A tanker mission.
"The entire North Dakota congressional delegation is working hard with everyone involved to get a FAA UAS test site and the KC-46A tanker mission in Grand Forks," Cramer said. "These are important economic opportunities for not only Grand Forks and North Dakota, but the entire region."
Congressman Cramer serves on the Natural Resources and Science, Space and Technology House Congressional Committees, including the Energy Subcommittee of Science, Space and Technology, and both the Energy and Environmental Regulations Subcommittees of Natural Resources.