By Terry Richards terry.richards@gaflnews.com

 VALDOSTA — A congressman from South Georgia has gained a seat on a House Armed Services Committee subgroup dealing with new threats such as terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

Rep. Austin Scott, a Republican, has been named to the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee for the 115th Congress. He will continue to serve on the Subcommittee for Readiness and the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee, according to a press release from his office.

Scott represents Georgia’s Eighth District, which includes Moody Air Force Base.

“Around the world, the U.S. faces a multitude of threats from global terror organizations and rogue nation states such as North Korea, Iran and China, and we must prevent further erosion of our technological superiority,” Scott said. “My position on the Readiness Subcommittee will allow me to support Robins Air Force Base, which is a major source of weapons systems sustainment, and improve flying hours and training for airmen such as those stationed at Moody Air Force Base.”

The Readiness Subcommittee has jurisdiction over training, sustainment, military construction, depot policy, civilian personnel, and the BRAC process.