WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley today issued the following statement in response to Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s continued hold on military officer nominations, which currently stands at 378:
“Sen. Tuberville’s continuing refusal to allow the Senate to confirm the promotions of senior military officers poses a very real risk to the readiness and morale of the Pentagon’s uniformed personnel and civilian workforce, and therefore to the national security of the United States.
“At a time when the U.S. is facing significant international challenges on multiple fronts, the last thing it should be doing is sending a message to its adversaries that its military is leaderless and in disarray.
“Sen. Tuberville should cease his reckless and bizarre quest to thwart military promotions and turn his attention to constructively working with his 99 colleagues to ensure the Defense Department and the rest of the federal government are responsibly funded for fiscal year 2024 before the continuing resolution expires on Nov. 17.”
Kelley is a U.S. Army veteran and retired DoD civilian employee who has served as AFGE national president since 2020. AFGE represents 750,000 federal and D.C. government employees, including 250,000 in the Department of Defense.