Rep. Kinzinger: ‘In All Things, Aim High’
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) recently posted an opinion piece on his Medium page following a return visit to Vance Air Force Base last month.
Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) recently posted an opinion piece on his Medium page that discusses the politicization of the military and how to fix it. The Congressman wrote this piece following his return visit to Vance Air Force Base last month where he spoke to the newest graduating class of pilots. Below is an excerpt from the piece he shared online.
“In All Things, Aim High”
“Serving in Congress is a privilege — and it’s a job that comes with many challenges and various battles to fight. After 11 years in office, it can be easy to allow the latest bad news story, divisive issue, or cultural fight to swallow up your sense of optimism. Far too many people in politics fail to fight that tendency and worse, they spread the darkness that’s overtaken them to others and to their constituents. It’s a downward spiral, and one that needs to stop.
“In this business, and in so many others, we must remember how great this nation is and how lucky we are to call it home. I had this important reminder quite recently.
“In 2004, I went to pilot training in Enid, Oklahoma at the world’s smallest base and busiest airspace. Vance Air Force Base holds many memories for me, and I had always wanted to return and talk to the graduating class of the long blue line — look out at the new aviators charged with keeping us safe and share what I’d learned.
“…I was surprised to see how much the base had grown, how much of the place I’d forgotten about, and I jealously admired the newer aircraft they got to fly in their training.
“And better yet, I was proud to see more women and minorities than we had in my 2004 class, all equally dedicated to the enduring mission of the military: to fight and win against any adversary — anytime and anywhere — in full defense of the United States and in preservation of our security.”