Sullivan Appointed to Serve as Chairman of Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) has been named the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, a role recently vacated by newly appointed chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK). The vacancies come after the passing of the late Senator John McCain, who had chaired the full Senate Armed Services Committee since 2015.

“The passing of Senator John McCain leaves extremely large shoes to fill, not only in the United States Senate but when it comes to the broader issues of national security, foreign policy, international diplomacy and freedom,” said Senator Sullivan. “While John’s leadership can’t be replaced, I’m honored to do my part on the Senate Armed Services Committee to continue his legacy of service on behalf of our nation’s men and women in uniform.”

In his capacity as Chairman of the SASC Subcommittee on Readiness, Sullivan will oversee military readiness across each branch within the Department of Defense, including training, logistics and maintenance issues and programs, military construction, installations and family housing issues, and defense energy and environmental programs.

“As Alaskans know, our state is at the forefront of military readiness and training – home to expansive training ranges, large-scale exercises like REDFLAG-Alaska and Northern Edge, and the best trained soldiers and airmen in the world,” said Senator Sullivan. “I recently highlighted these areas with Secretary Mattis and our Service Secretaries so they could better understand the value of our geostrategic location and the vital role Alaska serves in the Indo-Pacific. As the chairman of the Subcommittee on Readiness, I will continue to press these issues and others to take appropriate steps to ensure our troops have the resources, equipment, and training they need to protect our nation against an increasingly complex and diverse array of threats. I thank Chairman Inhofe for entrusting me in this role, particularly as the DOD rebalances to the Indo-Pacific, and am committed to supporting our military men and women and the vital missions they serve.”