As Ft. Rucker’s soldiers prepare for the realities of war, House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Buck McKeon faces his own battles in Washington.
"We've cut 465 billion out of defense already. We haven't seen that because the secretary hasn't told us what decisions have been made and how those cuts are going to be cut across the different services,” said McKeon.
McKeon’s visit is a first for Ft. Rucker.
His tour included lunch with soldiers and an inside look at Helicopter Overwater Survival training.
"There’s a lot of detailed things that they learn here and when we're talking about cutting the military those are the type of things we have to make sure we protect,” said McKeon.
As talks of the debt deal include Department of Defense cutbacks Commanding General Anthony Crutchfield says Monday’s visit is imperative to the post's future.
“Army aviation is the most demanded enabler in Afghanistan and Iraq today. We could not do the mission without army aviation,” said MG Crutchfield.
Congresswoman Martha Roby echoes that feeling.
Time and time again she has stated her disapproval of military cutbacks.
“We're already taking 465 billion you add another half trillion to that and you're looking at a potential hollowed out military which of course we can't afford,” said Roby.
McKeon's visit was brief but the information he gained he says is invaluable.
Information he plans to take back to Washington in hopes of brining more house members to Rucker.
Crutchfield says more visits from political figures are expected in the future.