Representative Adam Kinzinger has made it his priority to serve his country in whatever capacity needed.
Kinzinger is an Air Force veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and chose to continue to serve in the National Guard while serving in Congress. The lawmaker was recently called to deploy to the border after the Pentagon announced they were raising the number of active-duty military at the border to around 4,350.
Maura Gillespie, Kinzinger’s communications director, released a statement on his Twitter about how grateful he was to serve.
“As with his previous border missions while elected, the Congressman will stay within the United States,” the statement read. “The Congressman is humbled to serve his IL-16 community here in the People’s House and equally proud to serve as a reconnaissance pilot in the Air Guard. In both of these roles, Congressman Kinsinger fights to make our national security stronger, our border more secure, and our communities safer.”
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) February 13, 2019
According to a report by the Pentagon, the new troops will replace previously deployed troops who had been aiding the border mission. They will help install border wire and give broader surveillance in hopes to deter illegal crossings.
President Trump initially announced the deployments in October 2018, but new reports are saying the deployments could go through to the end of September.