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Congressmen here applaud confirmations of key military appointments


From Illinois Business Journal news services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The ascension of a former Scott Air Force Base commander into a top Pentagon post could bode well for Southern Illinois.

U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, and John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, today released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Gen. Paul Selva as the vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen. Darren McDew as the commander of the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base:

“As representatives of Southwestern and Southern Illinois, we want to congratulate Gen. Paul Selva and Gen. Darren McDew on being confirmed by the Senate. Both have exhibited exemplary leadership while at Scott Air Force Base and we look forward to working with them as they assume their new leadership positions.”

Selva was the head of TRANSCOM. In a previous interview, Bost told the Illinois Business Journal that the appointment was meaningful as it regards any discussion of the future of Scott AFB.

By law, the vice chair is the second-ranking member of the Armed Forces and replaces the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in his absence or disability.

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