Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee, released the following statement after the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for FY17.
“I am proud of the work we have started with the National Defense Authorization Act which will begin the process of rebuilding our military and restoring readiness back into the force. This bill stops the harmful end-strength reductions in our military services and begins the process of reversing this damaging trend in reducing our military capacity.
“I look forward to working with the new Administration as we use this NDAA as a starting point to rebuild our military to face evolving threats head on.”
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee, released the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump announced his selection of General James Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense:
“The selection of General James Mattis is an encouraging step forward. This choice makes it clear that President-elect Trump is serious about rebuilding our military and keeping national defense a top priority. I look forward to working with President-elect Trump and General Mattis in the near future.”
Congressman Turner, a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after reports indicated ISIS claimed credit for the recent attack at Ohio State University leaving eleven people wounded.
“The terror attack on innocent American citizens at Ohio State University is deplorable and further demonstrates an appalling ideology that aims to strike fear in all Americans. These attacks only strengthen our resolve and values of freedom, rule of law and commitment to the right of each and every individual to live free from fear and violence.”
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Army announced they would convert an existing infantry brigade combat team to an armored brigade combat team.
“I commend and support the Army’s recent decision to convert an Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCTs) to an Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCTs). As Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee, restoring critical Army Readiness shortfalls and increasing current Army end-strength has been a top priority for the Subcommittee.
“I believe this plan is a good first step in returning the Army to where it needs to be in terms of full spectrum capability and reducing current levels of risk. I look forward to continuing to work with the Army to develop ways to increase their ABCT force structure, either through growing more ABCTs or through converting another IBCT.”
During a Heritage Foundation event on November 16th, 2016 to mark the release of Heritage’s 2017 Index of U.S. Military Strength report where Congressman Turner was the keynote speaker, Congressman Turner had indicated that a potential option the Army could consider in order to improve lethality and capability of Brigade Combat Teams would be to convert an existing infantry brigade combat team to an armored brigade combat team as soon as possible.
Today, Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) hosted a roundtable discussion on the opioid and heroin epidemic in Dayton. Turner and Portman were joined by Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, first responders, drug addiction and treatment stakeholders, and other community leaders to discuss ways in which the federal government can better partner with state and local practices to combat this epidemic that has devastated southwest Ohio.
“The opioid epidemic is a crisis that continues to take a toll on our communities here in Ohio and across the country. I continue to work with those in our community who work to end this epidemic each day to identify ways we can provide them the resources needed to end this fight,” said Congressman Turner. “I would like to thank Senator Portman and Sheriff Plummer for their work to make sure our first responders and law enforcement are able meet the epidemic head on. Today’s discussion has placed us one step closer to working toward effective solutions that we can implement in our community and help those who battle this addiction every day.”
“I want to thank Sheriff Plummer, our first responders, and all those on the front lines of this epidemic for your daily fight against this addiction epidemic,” said Senator Portman. “We’re facing a national crisis, but the battle against this rising tide of addiction won’t be won in Washington; it’ll be won in local communities like Dayton. But Washington can be a better partner with them and make sure they have the tools and the resources needed to win this battle, and that’s why CARA’s comprehensive approach is so important. I recently worked to secure $37 million in new funding to help get CARA’s grant programs up and running as quickly as possible, and I will continue to partner with community leaders in Dayton to make a difference for the hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who’ve been impacted by this disease.”
Congressman Turner has been working with the community to draft legislation to help those who have been affected by the opioid epidemic starting with children born addicted to heroin and working to ensure those who are incarcerated for opioid abuse receive the treatment they need to recover.
Congressman Turner has been fighting the opioid epidemic in Dayton since 2013:
Congressman Turner and Congressman Tiberi toured Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this morning. This tour comes after Congressman Turner hosted the first Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus emphasizing the importance of strengthening Ohio’s defense installations and the communities that house them.
“I would like to thank Congressman Tiberi for joining me today at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Ohio has 9 military installations and offers a wide array of capabilities, which further demonstrates the breadth of Ohio’s military presence. As the defense community battles budget cuts and possible BRAC, we must work together at the federal and state level in Ohio to ensure our men and women are equipped with the best resources to complete the mission.”
“It is an honor to work with the Ohio delegation to support Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It is vitally important that we ensure our service members have the resources they need to carry out their mission and keep our nation safe and secure. That is why I am so pleased to have a representative in this region like Congressman Mike Turner. He has worked tirelessly to highlight Ohio’s role in building our defense industry, and I sincerely thank him for his leadership. With his help, we will continue to work with key stakeholders in central Ohio and across the state to take advantage of all available opportunities to keep the defense community strong.”
Congressman Turner was awarded the ‘Hero of Main Street’ Award by the National Retail Federation and the US Chamber of Commerce for his continued support of the retail industry and pro-growth policies:
“I am honored to be named a ‘Hero of Main Street.’ I will continue to fight to strengthen our economy and work to bring more jobs to the Miami Valley. I would like to thank the National Retail Federation and the US Chamber of Commerce. Together, we continue to fight for pro-jobs and pro-growth policies in Congress.”
Phil Parker, President of the Dayton Area of Chamber of Commerce, John Marshal, Owner of Grismer Tires, Gordon M. Gough, President and Chief Executive Officer Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and Affiliates and Alex Boehnke, Public Affairs, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants presented Congressman Turner with the award at the Schuster Performing Arts Center on Main Street in Dayton, Ohio.
Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement to announce the development of a Citizens’ Commemoration Panel to name the Dayton Federal Building and United States Courthouse. The Panel is tasked with providing Congressman Turner a recommendation to name the federal building.
Congressman Turner will introduce legislation to name the courthouse using the Panel’s recommendation.
“I am grateful to the members of our community who have volunteered to serve on this important panel. The courthouse has served the federal government and the Miami Valley for over forty years and providing it with a formal designation is long past due. I look forward to introducing legislation to honor an individual who has served the Dayton community and the courthouse with the Panel’s recommendation.”
Congressman Turner has appointed Merle F. Wilberding as Chairman of the Citizens’ Panel.
The names of the panelists are as follows:
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, hosted the first Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus, Ohio. The two-day forum closed this afternoon after hosting defense industry professionals from across the state:
“Over the last two days, we were able to share ideas and discuss how we can strengthen Ohio’s defense communities and address the issue of readiness across the military. The ongoing partnership between government, military, and the defense industry is absolutely critical. I would like to thank everyone who attended and all those who helped to make this event possible and an incredible success.”
The second and final day of The Ohio Defense Forum came to a close this afternoon. The panels for the second day covered the state of defense and how we can prepare for the future, the importance of building state and regional defense communities and garnering community support for Ohio’s military installations. For more information, please visit the Ohio Defense Forum website.
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, moderated a panel discussing the future of defense during the second and final day of The Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus, Ohio.
“The state of the defense community finds itself at a crossroads, whether it is navigating the defense budget or a possible BRAC we must ensure that our installations remain adaptable to change. It is important we maintain the ongoing partnership between government and the defense industry so that we can have the open and frank conversations necessary to keep the U.S. military the best in the world. The current threat environment is one that continues to evolve every day. We must remain mindful of the strain placed on our readiness capabilities as we look to the future.”
Congressman Turner moderated the State of Defense Now and into the Future Overview Panel at The Ohio Defense Forum. The panelists included:
· Lucian Neimeyer, President of The Niemeyer Group
· George Schlossberg, Kutak Rock
· Dr. Zachary Mears, Assistant Vice President for National Security Programs and Research, The Ohio State University.
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A lifelong resident of Dayton, Ohio, Congressman Mike Turner has family roots in Eastern Kentucky. His parents, Ray and Vivian, moved to Dayton in the 1950’s to take advantage of the job opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Mr. Ray Turner worked at General Motors, retiring after 42 years as a member of IUE local 801; and Mrs. Vivian Turner retired from teaching in the Huber Heights School District. Congressman Turner has two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn.
Congressman Turner attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Belmont High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio; an MBA from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his election to Congress, Turner was in private practice and corporate law for 13 years.
Congressman Turner has a background of community activism having worked with not-for-profit groups focusing on neighborhood concerns, community development, housing code enforcement, and historical preservation. As the two-term Mayor of the City of Dayton, he was a strong proponent of neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, increased funding for safety forces, economic development and job creation. He created Rehabarama, a private-public partnership to rehabilitate neglected housing in Dayton’s historic neighborhoods, which had significant economic impact on the region, and received national awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Also while serving as Mayor of Dayton, Congressman Turner established a development fund providing more than $19 million in grants for housing and job-producing projects. The development fund sparked investment which resulted in a renaissance of Dayton’s downtown, including a $130 million arts center, a minor league baseball stadium, river front development, loft and upscale housing, additional corporate headquarters, and redevelopment of the former Delco and Frigidaire brownfield area into an office, research, and industrial park. Under Mayor Turner’s leadership, the City of Dayton had a balanced budget for all eight years of his tenure (having not been balanced for the previous five years), added 54 police officers to the force, resulting in a nearly 40 percent reduction in police response time, and closed two adult movie theaters in residential neighborhoods, thus improving the quality of life for Dayton residents.
First elected to the 108th Congress and sworn in January of 2003, Congressman Turner was appointed to the Armed Services Committee, from which he assists Wright-Patterson Air Force Base located in Ohio’s Tenth District, and to the Government Reform Committee, which allows him to contribute his experience as a former mayor to government reform. Congressman Turner’s urban experience was called upon by then House Speaker Dennis Hastert who appointed him Chairman of the new Saving America’s Cities working group. The 24 Member working group was charged with developing goals and principles to help urban America by focusing on economic development issues and encouraging private sector investment in cities.
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