WASHINGTON - (Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto) - Congressman Ralph Abraham has been promoted to serve on the House Armed Services Committee during the 115th Congress.
The assignment will allow Abraham to play a key role in setting military policy for the United States and place him in prime position to protect Louisiana's military installations, including Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Fort Polk near Leesville, the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in New Orleans and Belle Chasse, and other Louisiana military-related priorities.
The assignment was a highly-sought position among members of the House of Representatives. Thirty-three Congressmen applied to fill just eight open positions.
"It is a great honor to be appointed to the HASC. Our military is the strength and backbone of our wonderful country. America will always owe an unpayable debt to our men and women in uniform, both past and present," Dr. Abraham said. "This assignment allows me to be personally and directly involved in the fight against terrorism and for freedom. I will also continue to be an unbending advocate for our great veterans and their families."
Abraham was a First Lieutenant with the 20th SFG Airborne Division of the Army National Guard from 1986-1989. Additionally, he is a fixed-wing and helicopter pilot who currently flies reconnaissance missions for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and he is a mission pilot for the Air Force's Civil Air Patrol Green Flag Program.