Rep. Calvert Bill for Distinguished Flying Cross Memorial at March Air Field Museum Passes House

October 26, 2011
Press Release
Today Rep. Calvert's (R-CA) bill, H.R. 320, which would designate the memorial at March Field Air Museum, in Riverside, California, as the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial, passed the House.

"Distinguished Flying Cross recipients have received this prestigious medal for their heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces," stated Rep. Calvert on the floor in support of the bill. "March Air Reserve Base is adjacent to the location of the memorial at the March Field Air Museum. Visitors are able to witness active operational air units providing support to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is an appropriate setting that honors the many aviators who have distinguished themselves by deeds performed in aerial flight."

Rep. Calvert introduced H.R. 320 on January 19, 2011. His full floor statement is included below.

Statement of Rep. Ken Calvert

Mister Speaker I rise in support of H.R. 320, a bill to designate a national Distinguished Flying Cross Memorial in Riverside, California.

I am honored to represent the Inland Empire Chapter of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society which is the primary sponsor of the memorial. The memorial honors all current and former members of the Armed Forces who have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

In the 111th Congress, I introduced H.R. 2788 which passed the house unanimously, and today, I stand again, in support of H.R. 320 which would designate a memorial, at March Field Air Museum as the Distinguished Flying Cross National Memorial. The legislation is supported by the Distinguished Flying Cross Society, Military Officers Association of America, the Air Force Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, The Association of Naval Aviation, The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, and the China Burma Indian Veterans Association. I'd like to point out language in the bill specifically states that the designation shall not be construed to require or permit federal funds to be expended for any purpose related to the national memorial. Funds have been and will continue to be raised through private means for these purposes.

Distinguished Flying Cross recipients have received the prestigious medal for their heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving in any capacity with the U.S. Armed Forces. There are many well known people that have played a vital role in the history of military aviation and have received the award. This renowned group includes: Captain Charles L. Lindbergh, former President George H. W. Bush, Brigadier General Jimmy Doolittle, General Curtis Lemay, Senator McCain, Jimmy Stewart and Admiral Jim Stockdale to name just a few.

The March Air Reserve Base, which hosts the C-17As of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing is adjacent to the location of the memorial at the March Field Air Museum. Visitors are able to witness active operational air units providing support to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is an appropriate setting that honors the many aviators who have distinguished themselves by deeds performed in aerial flight.

I'd like to thank those who have worked tirelessly to ensure this memorial is built and is properly designated in honor of the distinguished aviators that have served this great nation. In particular I'd like to recognize, Jim Champlin, his late wife Trish, Distinguished Flying Cross Society's President, Chuck Sweeney, and the Society's historian, Dr. Barry Lanman, who have been instrumental in this effort.

Again, I hope you will join me in supporting the designation of the National Distinguished Flying Cross Memorial at the March Field Air Museum and H.R. 320.

Thank you and I yield back the balance of my time.

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