House Armed Services Committee Chairman Leads Congressional Delegation in Visit to Lebanon

Representative Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), led a Congressional delegation visit to Lebanon on October 27-29. Representative Thornberry was joined by Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee (HAC). During the visit, the delegation met with Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) General Joseph Aoun and received a briefing on the LAF’s recent “Dawn of the Hills” operation from several high-ranking LAF officers who commanded the successful offensive. The commanders showcased the LAF’s ability to execute increasingly sophisticated operations utilizing U.S.-provided equipment and training. The delegation visited LAF units that are fighting terrorism, and observed the newly-arrived A-29 Super Tucano aircraft at Hamat Air Base. In their discussions, Representatives Thornberry and Frelinghuysen reinforced the United States intention to maintain a strong partnership with the people and institutions of Lebanon and the importance of Lebanon’s security, stability, and prosperity.