Senator Kirk Ends Navy Service with Official Ceremony in Pentagon

Served as an Intelligence Officer with Navy Reserves for 23 Years


WASHINGTON –(ENEWSPF)–December 15, 2014.  U.S. Senator and Commander Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) retired from the Navy today in an official ceremony at the Pentagon, led by Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN Chief of Naval Operations and Vice Admiral Robin R. Braun, USN Chief of Navy Reserve. Commander Kirk was designated as a Navy Intelligence Officer in 1989, and served in the Navy Reserves for 23 years.

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“At the heart and soul of my service has been my love for the United States Military, the greatest force for human dignity on earth. I have loved every day in the Navy, and serving has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” Senator Kirk said. 

Commander Kirk was commissioned an Ensign in 1989 in Pensacola, Florida, via Office Candidate School and was designated a Navy Intelligence Officer. Subsequent tours included the Office of Naval Intelligence, U.S. Southern Command Analyst for the Republic of Panama, USS Normandy (CG-60), USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), Joint Chiefs of Staff Yugoslavia Task Force, Electronic Combat Squadron 209, Operation Allied Force (Aviano, Italy), Operation Northern Watch (Incirlik, Turkey), National Military Joint Intelligence Center, and Operation Enduring Freedom, International Security Assistance Force (Kandahar, Afghanistan).


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