May 11, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Nominee to be Secretary of the Army


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), who served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years and is Chair of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) Airland Subcommittee, released the following statement after meeting virtually with the Honorable Christine Wormuth, President Biden’s nominee to be Secretary of the Amy:

“Christine Wormuth is a uniquely qualified nominee with extensive defense policy experience that will position her well to take on the role of Secretary of the Army. During our meeting, we discussed how to better sustain our forces in the Indo-Pacific region, capitalize on lessons learned from programs like Future Vertical Lift, counter extremism in the military and improve the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program. If confirmed, Christine would be the first woman to serve in this role—a long overdue move that will help ensure that women’s voices are heard at the highest levels across our military. I look forward to hearing her testimony during her confirmation hearing later this week.”

Duckworth was one of the first handful of Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring from military service in 2014 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She served on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) during her four years serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.