National Defense Authorization Act crucial to ND

Alan Palmer

Brigadier General,

ND Air National Guard

(retired)

This past May, Representative Kevin Cramer helped support the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act. This bill gives the military $708.1 billion in funding for the 2019 fiscal year. It also provides the military the largest pay raise in nine years, which includes the North Dakota Army and Air National Guard troops.

Our military men and women deserve to have the best equipment, most comprehensive training, and benefits for both them and their families once they return home. It gives funding for research and development for space security programs and nuclear force modernization, Israeli missile defense cooperative programs, and a Defense Health Program for troops, military families, and veterans.

This bill greatly impacts North Dakota, too. It provides funding for B-52 bombers which are flown at the Minot Air Force Base, MQ-9 Reaper program which is flown by the ND Air National Guard, and EQ-4 unmanned aircraft system which is flown from the Grand Forks Air Force Base. It also gives the Army National Guard $7.33 billion for maintenance and operations updates.

I am so grateful for Cramer’s support for our military and veterans. It is evident that national security is a priority for Cramer. North Dakota needs Cramer in the Senate. He will continue to strengthen our military and support our veterans!

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