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Spotlight on CIOR capacities at Capitol Hill

During a hectic week in Washington, CIOR’s President contributed to put the spotlight on the CIOR's role towards NATO and other key institutions concerning reserve issues. Captain (Navy) (R) Tenvik’s meetings included key members on three primary House Committees, which have jurisdiction over military reserve issues in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
 
Captain (Navy) (R) Tenvik traveled to the United States from 27 January - 2 February 2011 to attend the NRFC meeting in Norfolk, Virginia and the Reserve Officers Association (ROA) convention in Washington, D.C. In addition he also held a number of meetings on Capitol Hill. The main purpose was to increase the awareness and build support of CIOR with Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. It was also essential to explain how U.S. Reserve members play a part in CIOR; and build interest for a future CIOR Congress in the United States.
 

Meetings with Key Members of Congress

“Captain Tenvik’s visit to Capitol Hill was very successful. I believe his goals were met because he was able to cast a wide net with key Members of Congress by linking his discussions with staff via the issue of NATO reserve forces” said the organizer of the Capitol Hill meetings, John G. Rothrock, Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Gary G. Miller of California’s 42nd Congressional District.
 
Even though Members of the U.S. House of Representatives were not in town due to a previously scheduled congressional district work period, Captain (Navy) (R) Tenvik met with fifteen key staffers on three primary House Committees which have jurisdiction over military reserve issues.  The three committees were the House Appropriations Committee; the House Armed Services Committee; and the House Foreign Relations Committee. 
 

House Appropriations Committee

The purpose of meeting Members of Congress who serve on the House Appropriations Committee is because this committee has primary jurisdiction over all spending measures in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Specifically, this committee oversees spending levels and programs for the Departments of Army, Navy (including Marine Corps), Air Force, Office of Secretary of Defense, and Defense Agencies including activities related to military (both active and reserve) personnel.
 
Captain (Navy) (R) Tenvik met with George McElwee, Chief of Staff to Congressman Charles Dent (R-Pennsylvania), who is a member of the full House Appropriations Committee.
 
Tenvik also met with Tyler Grassmeyer, Legislative Director to Congressman Steve Austria (R-Ohio) who is a member of the full House Appropriations Committee and also a member of the Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations.  This subcommittee has responsibility for the Department of Defense’s International Military Assistance and Training.
 

House Armed Services Committee

The purpose of meeting Members of Congress who serve on the House Armed Services Committee is because this committee has jurisdiction over all aspects of military personnel, planning and training issues impacting the five United States military branches.
 
Captain (Navy) (R) Tenvik met with Bob Cochrane, Chief of Staff to Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-California) who is Chairman of the full House Armed Services Committee.  He also met with Chairman McKeon’s Military Legislative Assistant, Morley P. Greene, who handles defense issues in the Chairman’s personal office.  
 
Tenvik met with both Jimmy Thomas, Senior Military Legislative Assistant, and Military Fellow (U.S. Marine Corps) Major Kenny Jones for Congressman Duncan Hunter, Jr. (R-California) who is a member of the full House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the House National Guard and Reserve Components Caucus.  This bipartisan Caucus has over 230 Members and is a vigilant and influential advocate for maintaining the readiness of our nation’s Guard and Reserve forces.
 
Captain (Navy) (R) Tenvik met with Alec Fritchie, Legislative Director to Congressman John Culberson (R-Texas) who is a member of the full House Armed Services Committee and is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats.  This subcommittee is responsible for overseeing counter-terrorism programs and initiatives and counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  Congressman Culberson is also a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Captain (Navy) (R) Tenvik met with Scott Miller, Chief of Staff to Congressman Todd R. Platts (R-Pennsylvania) who is a member of the full House Armed Services Committee.
 
Tenvik met with both Eric Dell, Chief of Staff and Military Fellow (U.S. Marine Corps) Captain Sam Cunningham of Congressman Joe Wilson’s (R-South Carolina) office who is a member of the full House Armed Services Committee and is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.  This subcommittee is responsible for military personnel policy, reserve component integration and employment issues, military health care, military education, and POW/MIA issues.
 
Captain (Navy) (R) Tenvik met with Josh Grodin, Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Allen B. West (R-Florida) who is a member of the full House Armed Services Committee and is also a member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
 
Tenvik met with John Thomas, Senior Military Legislative Assistant to Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. (R-North Carolina) who is a member of the full House Armed Services Committee and also a member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
 

House Foreign Affairs Committee

The purpose of meeting Members of Congress who serve on of the House Foreign Affairs Committee is because this committee is responsible for oversight and legislation relating to U.S. foreign assistance including development assistance, national security developments affecting foreign policy; strategic planning and agreements; war powers, treaties, executive agreements, and the deployment and use of United States Armed Forces; peacekeeping, peace enforcement, and enforcement of United Nations or other international sanctions.
  
Captain (Navy) (R) Tenvik met with Joel Kassiday, Chief of Staff to Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-California) who is Vice-Chairman of the full House Foreign Affairs Committee.  Congressman Gallegly is also a member of the Subcommittee on Europe.  Tenvik also met Kenny Steinhardt who is Congressman Gallegly’s Senior Legislative Assistant who handles international relations in his personal office.
 
Tenvik also met with Mark Walker, Chief of Staff to Congressman Dan Burton (R-Indiana) who is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe.  This subcommittee oversees matters affecting the political relations between the United States and the European countries.  They are also responsible for the identification and development of options for meeting future problems and issues relating to U.S. interests in the region. 
 
It is the goal of the Norwegian Presidency to continue to work closely with the U.S. Congress in the future to maintain these new bonds of friendship in an effort to highlight the importance of military Reserve forces within the NATO Alliance.
 


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