Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), sworn in on Monday, has resumed his Navy Reserve duty, after taking time off for his Senate election campaign. Kirk is now one of three Senators who drill regularly in the reserves: Kirk, in the Navy; Sen. Lindsey Grahm (R-N.C.) in the Air Force and Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in the Army.
Kirk usually spends a weekend a month and two weeks a year on active duty. For the past two years, Kirk traveled to Afghanistan at the end of December for his two weeks. This year, Kirk told me, he is staying in the U.S. to be with his mother, Judy over Christmas and will go off for two weeks of active duty during some time when Congress is on recess.
Kirk went back to reserve duty--at the Pentagon--about a week after the November election. He worked a 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. shift and still owes eight or nine days.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS MARINE HONORED
At a reception following his swearing-in, Kirk honored the Arlington Heights family of Lance Corporal James Stack, 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1 Marine Division.
Stack was killed in action the week after the November election in Sangin, Afghanistan. Stack's wife, Katie, his parents Robert and Linda and his sister Megan were at the reception.