Three of the seven panels that make up the House Armed Services Committee will pass the gavel to new chairmen in the 114th Congress, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), chairman-elect of the committee, announced Thursday.
Keeping his post, however, as chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, which oversees installations and BRAC policy, will be Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.). Wittman, who was first elected to Congress in December 2007, took over the subcommittee at the beginning of the 113th Congress.
His district cuts a swath from northern Virginia to Hampton Roads and is home to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Fort A.P. Hill and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. The district borders Joint Base Langley-Eustis.
In a written statement, Wittman thanked Thornberry for selecting him and said he looked forward to building on his work over the past two years. “The challenges facing our military’s readiness continue to grow under sequestration, just as threats multiply around the world, and I remain committed to restoring that readiness and making our services’ capabilities whole,” Wittman said.
The other three subcommittees retaining their chairs are:
- Seapower and Projection Forces — Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.)
- Tactical Air and Land Forces — Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio)
- Strategic Forces — Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.)
The three panels getting new chairs, precipitated by Thornberry’s promotion to the top of the committee, are:
- Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities — Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)
- Military Personnel — Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.)
- Oversight and Investigations — Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.)