Congressional Delegation visits Pendleton
By Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca
| Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | February 20, 2013
CAMP PENDLETON --
Two massive MV-22 Osprey aircraft descended on Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton where they off-loaded members of the Congressional Delegation Miller Feb. 16.
The purpose of the CODEL Miller visit was to observe how the base has used its funding, current operations and potential additional equipment and funding needs.
Maj. Khieem Jackson, the regional federal legislative affairs director for Marine Corps Installations West, said that it gives the CODEL Miller a chance to get a hands-on view of the Marine Corps’ financial situation.
“The delegation had an opportunity to see and experience first-hand the advancement and capability of the MV-22,” Jackson said. “This provided an opportunity for the 3rd Marine Air Wing to highlight the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ commitment to Marine aviation modernization and readiness.”
After being greeted by Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, the base commanding general and regional authority for five Marine Corps bases in the Southwestern United States, they were escorted to the Wounded Warrior Battalion West building where they met with the battalion Commanding Officer Lt. Col. James R. Fullwood Jr. and discussed the amenities and treatment wounded warriors receive here.
The members took a tour of the Wounded Warrior Hope and Care Center next where they had a chance to meet with some injured veterans.
“As part of their congressional responsibility for oversight, with respect to Veteran Affairs and the use of taxpayers’ funds, the delegation specifically wanted to learn about what we are doing to care for our wounded, ill and injured to help ensure their successful transition,” Jackson said.
After the visiting the Wounded Warrior Battalion, members were bused to the southwestern portion of the base where they had an opportunity to view the construction progress of the new naval hospital.
While touring the hospital, the delegation was shown the pharmacy, emergency, operating and labor and delivery rooms.
After visiting the hospital, the group accompanied Coglianese and his wife to his quarters for dinner that evening.
“The desired outcome was to provide information to the delegation on how we are supporting our Marines, sailors and their families as they transition from Wounded Warrior Battalion back to their units, to the Veteran Affairs system or to civilian life,” Jackson said.