03.26.20

Gardner Seeks Pentagon’s Support to get Coloradans Stranded Abroad Home

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) is requesting that the U.S. Department of Defense assist the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Transportation Command to repatriate American citizens stranded abroad due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The State Department estimates there are roughly 50,000 American citizens currently seeking repatriation back to the United States including hundreds of Colorado families, students, business owners and healthcare providers,” wrote Senator Gardner. “U.S. Transportation Command’s ability to provide logistical support is critical to ensuring the success of the State Department’s efforts and I urge your prompt approval of their request.”

U.S. Transportation Command is a functional unified combatant command that facilitates mobility operations around the globe for the U.S. Department of Defense, defense agencies, and other government organizations in support of national objectives. Gardner is requesting that the U.S. Transportation Command assist the U.S. Department of State in helping bring American citizens home who are stranded abroad as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full text of the letter is available here and below: 

Dear Secretary Esper:

I write to urge your prompt review and approval of a request made by the U.S. Department of State for the support and assistance of U.S. Transportation Command. The State Department is requesting this assistance as they work to repatriate American citizens abroad.

The State Department estimates there are roughly 50,000 American citizens currently seeking repatriation back to the United States including hundreds of Colorado families, students, business owners and healthcare providers. 

U.S. Transportation Command’s ability to provide logistical support is critical to ensuring the success of the State Department’s efforts and I urge your prompt approval of their request. Thank you for your assistance on this important matter.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.