My military experience has helped me transition into the job of congressman. I recently led a congressional delegation trip to visit soldiers and airmen training at Fort Hood. I was joined by Reps. Jeff Miller, R-FL, and Dan Newhouse, R-WA, to watch National Guard, Army Reserve and Active Duty Army units conduct Multi-Echelon Integrated Brigade Training (MiBT). More than 3,000 Mississippi National Guard service members were participating in the training exercise.
A lot of people talk about the readiness of the military, and this was an opportunity for national leaders to see more than numbers on a spreadsheet. They saw real soldiers in action. They saw how hard they train, the level of complexity of their mission, and also witnessed the interoperability and partnership between active duty and Reserve Component soldiers. These soldiers come from different walks of life, but they are all working together to achieve their common goal of defending this great nation.