Freshman U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) announced his nomination to serve on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) on Monday.

Strong said by serving on the Committee, which is in charge of funding and overseeing the U.S. Department of Defense, he would be able to pressure his top priority of national security.

"When I was sworn in as your Representative, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution," he said in his announcement. "My first responsibility is to provide for a strong national defense. Serving on the Armed Services Committee will allow me to directly advocate for the commonsense policies that strengthen our national security and best serve America's men and women in uniform."

The Steering Committee's nomination of Strong is expected to be ratified next week. Strong will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Mo Brooks if confirmed to the committee, and he will join fellow Alabamians U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) and committee chair Mike Rogers (R-Saks).

"Alabama is home to many military equities, but the Fifth District is especially proud to host Redstone Arsenal," Strong continued. "From the Army Material Command, aviation and missile programs, and the Missile Defense Agency, Redstone is critical for on America's national defense. Our country is made safer by the commitment of the men and women of Alabama that faithfully serve the military community.

"I am thankful for the confidence placed in me by my constituents and Chairman Mike Rogers. I look forward to continuing to showcase Alabama's innovation and ingenuity through my role on this committee," says Congressman Strong.

Rogers congratulated Strong on the nomination and said he would be a welcome addition to the committee.

"I'm thrilled that the Steering Committee has recommended Rep. Dale Strong to serve on the House Armed Services Committee," Rogers said. "Alabama's Fifth Congressional District is foundational to Alabama's continued leadership in the defense of our nation. Rep. Strong will be a critical voice on our committee. I look forward to the House Republican Conference ratifying the Steering Committee's recommendation."

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