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National Guard and Reserve Caucus Chairs Call on President to Mobilize US Airlift Assets

March 25, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Steven Palazzo (R-Miss), Co-Chairs of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus, today sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting for President Trump to immediately mobilize America's military airlift, including Reserve and National Guard assets as needed to repatriate Americans abroad. Full text of the letter that was sent is included below and can also be downloaded here.

Mr. President, 

As you are well aware, thousands of Americans across the globe are attempting to get home to the United States in the wake of the most significant pandemic of our generation.  Due to local restrictions and travel difficulties associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, an estimated 13,500 American citizens are struggling to return to their families and homes in the United States.

With significant commercial travel restrictions in place around the globe, we feel the time has come to take military action to repatriate these citizens.  As co-chairs of the House National Guard and Reserve Caucus, we are calling on you, as Commander-in-Chief, to immediately mobilize our nation’s military airlift, including Reserve and National Guard assets as needed, to ensure the safe return of these citizens. With additional travel restrictions and hotel closures happening worldwide, we cannot wait any longer to get our people home. 

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Tim Ryan
Member of Congress

Steven M. Palazzo                  
Member of Congress

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