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Nominees Look Forward to Supporting Defense Department, Troops

By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2009 – President Barack Obama’s nominees for assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs and general counsel of the Department of the Army said they are looking forward to executing their new positions if confirmed.

“If I am confirmed … I look forward to continuing to work with the members of the Senate and House and their staffs to solve problems, implement legislation and provide needed information in a timely fashion,” Elizabeth King, the nominee for assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, told the Senate Armed Services Committee during her nomination hearing today.

“I hope to foster a strong partnership between Congress and the Defense Department so that together we can reach the common goal of meeting the needs of the men and women in uniform who tirelessly serve our nation.”

King currently serves as counsel and senior policy advisor on defense, foreign affairs and veterans for Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island.

In introducing King, Reed said she had an extraordinary grasp of the legislative issues and process. “She is also outstanding in terms of her intelligence, her integrity, her judgment, and her commitment to the men and women who serve in the military forces,” King said.

Donald Remy, nominated for general counsel of the department of the Army, served in the Army and as a civil servant in both the Department of the Army and the Justice Department.

“I want to assure the committee that I am committed to working cooperatively with the judge advocate general to provide expert, timely, value-added advice to the Army secretary and the Army staff,” Remy told the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing this morning.

Remy said he is also dedicated to assisting the department’s efforts to assure that the acquisition process for materiel and services is efficient, effective and compliant with laws and regulations.

“I am committed to making certain that the Army’s transformation is accomplished consistent with the rule of law and a practical understanding of the issues affecting our all-volunteer force and their families,” Remy added. “America’s army is pivotal to the strength of our nation.

“In an ever-changing global dynamic, the Army continues to adapt its aim to achieve and maintain balance for the 21st century,” he added. “The issues – particularly legal issues – are complex, challenging and, in some instances, unprecedented.”

Remy, a cum laude graduate of Howard University Law School, is a former Army officer whose father is a retired Army master sergeant. While serving in the Army, Remy was assigned to the Pentagon where he advised senior Army officials on legal and policy issues related to major weapons acquisition systems.

When he worked for the Justice Department, Remy served as senior counsel for policy and as deputy assistant attorney general for torts and federal program branches in the civil division.

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