ROME, N.Y. – Congressman Anthony Brindisi was recently appointed to the House Armed Services Committee, and met with defense leaders Monday to have a roundtable discussion at Million Air in Rome.
Local officials, defense industry stakeholders and Department of Defense officials met with Brindisi to discuss their priorities for the region.
The Air Force Research Laboratory, Eastern Air Defense Sector, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) and the 222nd Command and Control Squadron are all located in Rome.
“I felt that it was important for upstate New York to have a seat at the table to make sure that we have a representative up there that is advocating for the military installations we have across New York state. The Mohawk Valley, we have so many assets throughout the state that are critical to our national security, but are also very important employers to our region," said Brindisi.
Brindisi says he plans to make sure these agencies have the resources needed to continue contributing to national security.
“Given the numerous issues facing DFAS/Rome including automation, the outsourcing of the current Rome workload to the services and the challenges anticipated with the NDAA competition, we look forward to his continuing advocacy to make DFAS/Rome stronger and a more vibrant partner in service to our country,” said president of DFAS National AFGE Council, Edward Abounader.
The House Armed Services Committee handles oversight and authorization of funding for DoD.