Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is no longer in the Navy. He retired his position as commander in the Navy Reserve in 2013, but the official ceremony was held yesterday. He served 25-years in the military and did tours in Yugoslavia, Turkey, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Navy officials honored him during a ceremony at the Pentagon.
The ceremony was originally planned for October 2013, but was canceled due to the government shutdown. Kirk served in the U.S. House from 2000 until being elected to the Senate in 2010. He suffered a stroke in 2012, but has recovered enough to continue his term in office and will be up for re-election in 2016.