Defense & National Security
The most important role of the federal government is protecting our citizens from national security threats. This means creating a strong system for defense both at home and abroad. The United States should continue to act as a defender of freedom and a staunch supporter of our allies worldwide.
As the representative of Fort Bragg, the epicenter of the universe, I know how important a properly funded and functioning military is to our nation. It is Congress’s responsibility to ensure the Pentagon’s budget reflects the threats we face. We must be prepared to fight threats not only from traditional nation-states, but also determined groups of terrorists, like ISIS, al-Shabaab, and al-Qaeda, who seek to wreak havoc on the American dream. It is vitally important that Congress continue to protect American citizens and interests both at home and abroad.
In recent years, we have taken steps to rebuild our military, give our troops well-deserved pay raises and bolster border security. I introduced legislation to ensure special operators who are serving in combat receive the same tax relief as other service members, and my legislation to increase funding for our Special Forces and to ensure soldier pay adequately reflects modern warfare demands was signed into law.
As your Congressman, I will work every day to ensure the United States sustains a world-class force that can operate wherever threats arise and is capable of taking the fight to the enemy and winning. In order to do so, it is necessary that we continue to provide the funding and tools our men and women in uniform need to do their jobs and safely return home to their families. I applaud the bravery and sacrifice our military men and women make each and every day.
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FORT BRAGG — North Carolina’s members of Congress have introduced a bill that would consolidate Fort Bragg into one federal judicial district in Fayetteville, a news release from U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis' office states.
Republicans Sens. Tillis and Richard Burr introduced the bill along with U.S. Reps. Richard Hudson, whose congressional district includes Fort Bragg, and Deborah Ross.
Fort Bragg currently encompasses six North Carolina counties — Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Moore, Scotland, and Randolph.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Representatives Deborah Ross (D-NC) and Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation supported by the entire North Carolina delegation to reduce the burden on defendants by consolidating Fort Bragg into one federal judicial district whose courthouse is in Fayetteville.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg’s Congressman, released the following statement on President Biden’s proposed Afghanistan troop withdrawal announcement:
World War II veteran Ormand Strickland has three cases of military awards and honors, including a Purple Heart for combat injuries.
Strickland, 95, of Wendell, shies away from speaking about the awards.
“I don’t know so much about talking about it,” he said.
But through the efforts of family friend, Fayetteville Councilman Johnny Dawkins, Strickland’s family, and staffers in Rep. Richard Hudson’s office, Strickland was presented Wednesday with another award — the Bronze Star — tied to his World War II service.
TROY — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson has nominated 20 students from throughout the 8th District to U.S. service academies. Montgomery and Moore counties are among the areas this district includes. During a ceremony on Feb. 9 at Montgomery Community College in Troy, Rep. Hudson congratulated the students and thanked them for their willingness to serve our country.
The following students of Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines were nominated to service academies:
U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08) has nominated 20 students from throughout the 8th District to U.S. service academies. During a ceremony Feb. 9, at Montgomery Community College in Troy, Hudson congratulated the students and thanked them for their willingness to serve our country.
The Senate on Friday confirmed Lloyd Austin as the nation's first Black defense secretary, the second nominee of President Joe Biden to be confirmed by the chamber.
Austin is a retired four-star Army general and former Fort Bragg commander who will be the first Black secretary of defense. He was the first Black general to command an Army division in combat and also the first to oversee an entire theater of operations as the commanding general of U.S. forces in Iraq.
He is a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served 41 years in uniform.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), Fort Bragg's Congressman and a voice for veterans, released the following statement on the FY 21 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report that was passed today in the U.S. House of Representatives: