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Congratulating Captain Wesley R. Mccall, Commanding Officer Of Naval Station Mayport July 15, 2016
Ander Crenshaw, R-FL
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Captain Wesley R. McCall, the Commanding Officer of Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, on a job well done. Captain McCall has served the Navy and our Jacksonville community with dedication and distinction for the last three years and will continue his military service in Washington with the Naval Installations Command. Capt. McCall served at NS Mayport during a time of numerous construction projects and increases in the number of ships and sailors at the station, all of which added to the challenges of providing superb quality support to the Fleet, families and warfighters. In order to accomplish these tasks, he managed the Naval Station Mayport Shore Installation Planning Board that solicited tenant command inputs in a comprehensive review of facilities requirements for planning and prioritization of MILCON and Special Project Program successes. A few of the events and projects that were authorized by Congress and completed during Captain McCall’s tenure include the opening of the $26.5 million Fitness Center project in October 2013, and the completion of the Littoral Support Facility, which is the first of several facilities constructed in support of the new Littoral Combat Ship Program, which is headquartered on the East Coast at Mayport. Additionally, $26.5 million in repairs and upgrades to Charlie Wharf has resulted in the station’s first double-decker wharf. Capt. McCall and his staff welcomed 2000 sailors and their families as the Amphibious Readiness Group, that includes the USS Iwo Jima, USS Fort McHenry, and USS New York, was homeported in Mayport in August 2014. He also successfully hosted the highly visible first East Coast visit of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s visit to NS Mayport from China. Within the community, Capt. McCall was a champion for the Navy and of the Beaches area. He was the lead representative from five military services and 15 municipalities in the 2015 Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular Air Show. The event, highlighting 26 aircraft, afforded more than half a million local residents of the Navy’s third largest fleet concentration area a unique view of naval aviation highlighted by the Blue Angels. His unwavering support of three Porsche Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance events generated for the first time more than $100,000 in donations to the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. Wes also served on the Beaches Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and he and his wife Reyna were very active with the USO. They both attended every No Dough Dinner in order to help serve meals to sailors and their families. Mr. Speaker, I ask you and Members of the House to join me in thanking Captain McCall for his leadership and his service at Naval Station Mayport and wish him and his wife fair winds and following seas as they transition to Washington, DC."
In Recognition Of The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company’S 50Th Anniversary July 1, 2016
Barbara Comstock, R-VA
"The Sterling Volunteer Fire Company has grown exponentially since its inception in 1966, which at the time was little more than an old barn on Holly Avenue housing a single tanker and two used pumpers. Within a short two years, this small institution had flourished, now settled into two larger locations: Station 11, which it shares with the Sterling Volunteer Rescue Squad, as well as Station 18, also known as SVRS 25. Even more recently, the company expanded into Station 24 in 2013. This is a clear testament to the outstanding work which is conducted by these everyday heroes and they are deserving of recognition."
Recognizing W. Mark Donald, Dmd, Magd As The 52Nd President Of The Academy Of General Dentistry June 28, 2016
Gregg Harper, R-MS
"Dr. Donald has been a member of the AGD since 1988 and has served in both appointed and elected positions of leadership within the AGD. He was appointed to the Legislative and Governmental Affairs Council in 2000 and served as chair from 2003 to 2006. He was elected as Regional Director of Region 12 and served for five years and two as chair. He has been elected to serve as AGD Speaker of the House, and in 2013 he was elected as the AGD Vice President."
Tribute To Dr. Boyd R. Buser June 27, 2016
Mitch McConnell, R-KY
"Dr. Buser was the recipient of the A.T. Still Medallion of Honor from the AAO in 2010. He also received the Riland Medal for Public Service from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, as well as the Santucci Award for outstanding contributions to the mission of NBOME. In 2015, he received the Pioneer of Osteopathic Medicine Award from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine."
Intelligence Authorization Bill June 27, 2016
Ron Wyden, D-OR
"I don’t take a back seat to anybody—not anybody—in terms of making sure our intelligence and law enforcement officials have the tools they need to protect our country at a dangerous time. That is why in 2013, I began working for it then, and we got it into the USA FREEDOM Act. I wrote the provision that became section 102 of the USA FREEDOM Act. It said that when our government—the FBI or our intelligence and law enforcement community—believed it has to move quickly and it has to move immediately, our government could do that. It could go get the information that has been in question—the email materials, the text message logs, the chat records, and all of these digital communications. Under section 102, the government could move immediately to get this information and then come back after the fact and settle up with the court. Never once has the court denied the government."

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