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Toomey joins the bipartisan Senate Special Operations Forces Caucus

Published February 16. 2012 05:01PM

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) joined the bipartisan Senate Special Operations Forces Caucus to work with his Senate colleagues in advancing the needs of our country's special operations community.

Pennsylvania is home to an important special operations unit, the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. This unit, based in Harrisburg, flies the EC-130J Commando Solo. The unit broadcasts radio and television signals to targeted overseas populations from an airborne transmitter, jamming existing television and radio signals where necessary.

"I am extremely proud to join the bipartisan Special Operations Forces Caucus in the U. S. Senate," Sen. Toomey said. "The courageous men and women who serve in our special operations forces deserve our admiration and support. As a caucus member, I will work hard to ensure they have the resources they need to perform their growing role in ensuring our national security."

"I am very pleased with Sen. Toomey's decision to join the Senate Special Operations Forces Caucus, and appreciate his enthusiastic support of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. The 193rd Special Operations Wing is a one-of-a-kind unit and astoundingly effective in deploying psychological weapons in the global war on terror. During my time as Pennsylvania's adjutant general, I learned that strong support in Washington is vital, and our forces need that support now more than ever," said retired Air Force Major General Bill Lynch, a former member of the National Guard Association of the United States' board of directors.

Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) are the co-chairs of the caucus. Other members are Sens. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

Sen. Toomey is also a member of the Senate National Guard Caucus.

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