Defense and Homeland Security
On September 11, 2001, the lives of over three thousand innocent people were taken in senseless acts of terror. The Armed Forces of the United States of America continue to be on the forefront of this fight and they need the support necessary to both deter aggression and defeat our adversaries.
Ultimately, there are many threats across the globe beyond the terrorist threat posed by groups like al Qaeda: North Korea has nuclear weapons; Iran is rapidly developing a nuclear program; China is building its military and showed the world that it's ready to wage war in space. Innumerable challenges lay ahead in the Middle East as well as other areas around the world will require long-term attention. However, the United States must maintain an ever-ready, flexible, and well-prepared military to respond to possible conflicts in several places around the world, even during times of extreme budget stress.
America continues to offer the best quality of life and the greatest freedoms. September 11th may have changed how we look at life but it did not change how we live it and the lengths that we will go to defend it. The character of our country comes from the cornfields of Kansas, the blue skies of Montana, the busy streets of New York and the beautiful beaches of California. It is this character that created a democratic republic to stand against tyranny, established freedom for all men and women and will end the threat of terrorism in our world.
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Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) introduced legislation, H.R. 5809, to name the Norco Post Office in honor of Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui. Lance Corporal Nikoui, a Norco resident, was killed during the August 26, 2021 Kabul terror attack while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. The bill will officially designate the U.S. Post Office located at 1801 Town and Country Drive as the Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui Memorial Post Office.
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Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) and Congressman Mike Garcia (CA-25) have introduced legislation, H.R.5437, to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Air Force aircrew of Reach 871 in recognition of their bravery and outstanding service during Operation Allies Refuge. During the non-combatant evacuation from Afghanistan, the crew of Reach 871 set a record by loading 823 individuals on to a flight, the most people ever flown on a C-17 Globemaster III. The crew is part of the 436th Air Wing based at Dover Air Force Base.
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42), the lead Republican on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to testimony offered by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, United States Central Command Commander General Kenneth McKenzie during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Afghanistan:
National security officials have confirmed to Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) that the ISIS-K bomber responsible for the August 26, 2021 terror attack at Kabul airport was carried out by an individual who was released from the Bagram prison shortly after the Taliban seized control of the facility on August 15, 2021. The U.S. military abruptly abandoned the facility in July of 2021.
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Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42), the Ranking Republican on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the August 29th airstrike in Kabul: