(Washington, D.C.) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) held his first hearing today as the new Chairman of the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.

“Chairing this subcommittee is a great honor. It’s also a great responsibility. This Subcommittee is responsible for funding a wide range of activities that have a real impact on the lives of American service members, veterans, their spouses and children,” said Dent.

The focus of Chairman Dent’s first hearing was on Military Quality of Life issues and featured testimony from the top enlisted personnel of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.

“Quality of life issues are important for maintaining morale,” Dent said. “Issues like on-base housing, access to child development centers, and programs focused on increasing troop readiness and morale matter when it comes to recruitment and retention."

Sergeant Major of the Army, Daniel A. Dailey; Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Michael D. Stephens; Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Ronald Green; and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, James A. Cody all provided testimony at the hearing. They hold the top enlisted rank attainable in their services and brought roughly 120 years of combined military experience to the witness table with them.

Their duties include the important work of reaching out to the enlisted personnel in their various service branches. These leaders hear and respond to the pressing concerns of our soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and their families daily.

They are the eyes and ears of the command structure and the voice for America’s enlisted men and women.

“Their participation made the hearing a great opportunity to identify areas where we can do more to help those who protect us and defend this Nation,” Chairman Dent concluded.

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