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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sessions meets with Gates, removes hold on Pentagon nominee

Sen. Jeff Sessions' office released the following remarks today after he met with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Sessions is a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I have great respect for Sec. Gates and I appreciate his meeting with us today. We had a productive conversation regarding a number of important defense issues, including the Air Force tanker acquisition program. The tanker remains the Air Force's top acquisition priority. There is no question that our men and women in uniform desperately need these aircraft. The process has gone on far too long, and it's imperative that we get these refueling tankers to the war fighter as soon as possible."

"I was pleased to hear the Secretary reaffirm his commitment to a fair and transparent process that will deliver the best airplane to our troops. Anything less than a fair competition would be a body blog to the military procurement process, signaling that politics trump merit."

"Dr. Carter, a capable and qualified nominee, has made a similar commitment and has indicated his desire to move forward with a competition that selects the aircraft with the most capability for the taxpayers' money. It is important that the Pentagon's chief acquisition officer be in place to oversee this tanker competition as well as numerous other critical acquisition programs. Accordingly, after our conversation today, I am pleased to lift my hold on Dr. Carter's nomination. I look forward to working closely with him in the future."

Earlier this month, Sessions and Sen. Richard Shelby, placed holds on the nomination of Ashton Carter, over the tanker contract.

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I grew up in the military. Mom was an Air Force nurse for a few years, dad was a navigator on B-52s, among other things. One grandfather served in World War II, uncle is retired Navy, other grandfather and great-uncle served in Korea and a cousin is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Currently, I'm the military reporter for the Great Falls Tribune in Montana. Previously, 


As a military kids, we moved all over. As an adult, I've traveled all over and moved for work. But now, I'm putting down roots in Montana with my boyfriend. We just bought a house and are slowly but surely making it our home. We have more land that we know what to do with at the moment. Now we're getting a garden started, tearing down walls and having loads of fun at what we call the Homestead.

In a part life, I did PR for the guy who built the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, social media for the National Museum of Health and Medicine, before that, edited two military technology magazines for a publishing group in the DC area and before that, I was the military reporter (among other things) at the Montgomery Advertiser, covering Maxwell Air Force Base, the Alabama National Guard, veterans and anything else military related in the area. And in between all of that, I leave town, preferably the country, whenever possible. It all started when I spent a semester in New Zealand.

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