Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Defense Magazine Summer 2011

Congressman Duncan Hunter, a former U.S. Marine Corps captain, served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He is the first combat veteran of the Global War on Terrorism to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. After attacks on America Sept. 11, 2001, Hunter, a graduate of San Diego State University, quit his job and joined the Marine Corps. Completing Officer Candidate School in 2002, he became an artillery officer. When his second tour of duty in Fallujah, Iraq, ended in 2005, he was released from active duty, remaining in the Marine Corps Reserve. Successful in business, Hunter decided to run for Congress. Weeks after filing as a candidate for California's 52nd District, however, he was recalled to active duty in 2007 for assignment in Afghanistan. His wife and family carried out Hunter's election campaign while he was fighting overseas. He won the election and joined the House of Representatives in 2008. Hunter also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and subcommittees on Tactical Air and Land Forces and Seapower and Projection Forces. Between votes on the House floor, the congressman spoke to Defense senior writer Clarence A. Robinson, Jr., about the controversial 2012 Defense Department budget request.