New Coast Guard Sub-Committee Chair

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida’s 18th district

The new chairman of the House sub-committee with oversite of the Coast Guard has been announced.

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) has named U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) to serve as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation for the remainder of the 115th Congress.

Representative Mast’s background may be significant. From his Wikipedia entry:

After graduating from South Christian High School in 1999, Mast enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in May 2000 and went to become a combat engineer. In 2006, he transitioned to the active U.S. Army and became an explosive ordnance disposal technician. Mast later joined the 28th Ordnance Company. He served in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. On September 19, 2010, while clearing a path for United States Army Rangers in Kandahar, Mast took a wrong step into an IED along the road. The explosion resulted in the amputation of both his legs and one of his fingers.

Mast and his family were the recipients of a custom ADA-compliant home awarded to them by the non-profit organization Helping a Hero.

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, Mast was hired as an explosives specialist for the United States Department of Homeland Security. While recovering from his injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Mast provided explosive and counter-terrorism expertise to the Office of Emergency Operations at the National Nuclear Security Administration from July 2011 to February 2012 and as an instructor of Home Made Explosives for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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