Oklahoma State Senator Joe Newhouse is being deployed in support of U.S. operations in northern Africa, as a member of the Navy Reserve.
The Broken Arrow Republican was a jet pilot in the U.S. Navy prior to his election in 2016, and flew multiple combat missions during the Iraq War. He says he's ready to serve his country again in the war on terror.
"I've been recalled to active duty. And I want to fulfill my role in this great mission. This is something I believe in, something I'm prepared to do. This is for the greater good."
Newhouse's military service may result in him missing the 2018 legislative session, but the Senator says his office will remain open and available to his constituents throughout his tour of duty.