Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the death of former Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO):
"America has lost one of her greatest sons. Ike Skelton was a thoughtful legislator who took the care and time to make sure all views were heard and all concerns addressed. As the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee during a particularly contentious time, he never let partisanship get ahead of his primary responsibility; our troops and their families. Professional Military Education was a particular passion of his, and the exceptional system we have is an important part of his legacy.
"More than all of these things, Ike was a wise and humble man who showed kindness to me and my family on more than one occasion. There are too few like him today. Patricia and I will miss Ike deeply, and keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers. "
In honor of Chairman Skelton, tomorrow's Armed Services Hearing will open with a moment of silence.