U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), released the following statement on the anniversary of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, remembering the men and women who lost their lives and honoring the first responders and service members who continue to fight the War on Terror:
"On this day 18 years ago, almost 3,000 innocent men, women and children were taken from us. September 11th will forever be a day to remember and honor the first responders and countless other heroes who took action after the horrendous attack on our homeland. This day is a reminder that radical Islamic extremists will not hesitate to attack America, our values and our way of life.
“I want to pay special tribute to the families and friends of the seven Oklahomans who were lost that day: Brian Moss, Spc. Chin Sun Pak Wells, Jayesh Shah, Wayne Terrial Davis, David Harlow Rice, David Shelby Berry and Maj. Ron Milam. Oklahoma and the nation mourn with you today, and I am so very sorry for your loss. We remember you and all those Oklahomans who have lost their lives fighting the War on Terror since.
"We must continue to provide a strong national defense that can deter and defeat the seen and unforeseen threats of tomorrow, that is fully engaged and fully funded to ensure another 9/11 does not happen. As Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am fully aware of the threats that face our nation today and just how important it is to pass the National Defense Authorization Act—legislation that prioritizes our national security, rebuilds the force and supports the service members who fight each day defending our nation from radical Islamic terrorism.”