Tonight I have the pleasure of addressing the Sierra Nevada Republican Women’s Club 9/11 Dinner. This is the 9th year they will be doing the event. It was originally scheduled as a fall dinner for September 12, 2001 and it has continued through the years as a non-partisan event including people from all across Douglas County, Nevada to honor those who were lost. The area has paid its price in recent years, suffering losses in recent years of hometown soldiers in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Congressman Dean Heller will also be speaking along with Rick Eaton from Nevada’s Preparedness office. I will report more on Monday about the event.

Excerpt from prepared remarks: September 11, 2001 was the reason the Transportation Security Administration was created. TSA was formed by legislation that passed Congress in November 2001. The Aviation Transportation Security Act created TSA a year-and-a-half before the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. During that time it was part of the Department of Transportation.

9/11 is the motivation for the people on the front lines in our nation’s airports and to this day the agency’s mission is to prevent such an attack from ever happening again. “Never forget” is the motto that you see on many e-mail signatures.

The focus of the agency is to protect the transportation network and prevent another act of terror. It is also about the resiliency of the transportation network so that if something happens in air, transit, or rail, that the system is not crippled.