Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Air National Guard major who has flown air refueling and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, is leaving for his annual two weeks of Active Duty with the Air Guard, the congressman announced on Twitter. “I’m off for duty with the Air Guard. Feel free to contact my offices with any questions you may have while I’m gone,” the Republican lawmaker told his Illinois constituents. Commissioned in the Air Force in 2003, Kinzinger earned his pilot’s wings and flew KC-135 airborne tankers, then switched to the RC-26, a twin turboprop ISR platform. He did several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during the conflicts there. Kinzinger will serve his two week Active Duty for training flying the RC-26 Condor out of Truax-Volk ANGB near Madison, Wisc., his communications director, Zach Hunter, said Wednesday. Truax-Volk is home to the 115th Fighter Squadron. The Fairchild-built RC-26 has two pilots and a navigator, mission systems operator. It is equipped with daylight electro-optical cameras and a FLIR sensor for nighttime. In the United States it often is used to support counter-drug operations.
While some of the Air Force's newly announced changes will happen quickly, it may take most of Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin's tenure in the job to accomplish the rest, he said in a Brookings Institution event Feb. 28.