Sen. Landrieu receives award for supporting BAFB

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 06/05 2014 03:37PM

Updated 06/05 2014 03:44PM

The Association for Defense Communities selected U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu as a recipient of the 2014 Congressional Leadership Award for her steadfast support of military communities like Barksdale Air Force Base.

Sen. Landrieu was among seven other senators and representatives recognized at the 2nd Annual Defense Community Awards Breakfast Thursday morning.

Sen. Landrieu said, "We have some of the finest facilities in Louisiana to ensure our soldiers have the best possible training before they go to battle. Our families have made huge sacrifices and we must keep our promise to provide first-class housing and education for them.  The surrounding communities around the installations have continued to be supportive and have worked to protect the bases with initiatives like Fort Polk Progress and Barksdale Forward."

ADC President Bob Murdock said, "Sen. Landrieu has always fought hard to support the installations and communities in her state.  She demonstrates through her leadership in Louisiana and Washington that she cares about protecting Louisiana's role in our national defense and caring for the men, women and families who have served our country."

Sen. Landrieu earned the nickname "Military Mary" for not letting the Senate go home in 2004 until it approved benefits that she secured for military families who are called to active duty.  During her time in the Senate, she has delivered billions of dollars to support Louisiana's military installations, troops, and their families.

In 2009, Sen. Landrieu led the Louisiana delegation's effort to locate the Global Strike Nuclear Command at Barksdale Air Force base.  The command center on base has since become a critical asset for the country, and the USAF has recommended that a four-star general lead the center and continue growing the base.

In January, Sen. Landrieu announced the Fiscal Year 2014 bill to fund the government included many Louisiana defense priorities, including $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve to purchase, upgrade and modify equipment that warfighters use every day in battle, such as the Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. She also included $135 million for the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a $10-million increase from last year's funding level.

You can click here to see video and remarks from Sen. Landrieu when she received the award:

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