Congressman D. Duncan Hunter, Capt USMCR (R-CA-52) joined the US Marine Corps a few days after 9/11, completed Officers Candidate School, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps, and completed his first combat tour in Iraq with the 1st Marine Division in 2003. He completed his second combat tour in Iraq in 2004 with Battery A; 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, and was honorably discharged from active duty; he remained in the US Marine Corps Reserve. In early 2007, Capt Hunter announced his bid for Congress, but just a few weeks after officially filing to run, Captain Hunter was recalled to active duty to serve his third combat tour in Afghanistan; he was released from active duty on Thanksgiving Day 2007, continued his campaign for Congress, and was elected in November 2008. Capt Duncan Hunter, USMCR has been awarded the Navy/Marine Corp Achievement Medal with Combat “V”, the Combat Action Ribbon, and other medals for service in theatre. The military is one of the few remaining institutions producing the caliber of men and women needed to restore this nation to the greatness our Founding Fathers envisioned.