INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced on Tuesday his deployment to Afghanistan later this year.
Banks will report for active duty on Sept. 5 and deploy to Afghanistan in the fall. He expects to return in early May 2015. Banks has served since 2012 as a supply corps officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
“Like any member of the armed forces, I knew the day could come when I would be called upon to serve my country overseas,” Banks said. “While it will be very difficult being away from my family for so long, it’s an honor to have the opportunity to join our brave men and women in Afghanistan – just as it’s an honor to serve alongside my fellow legislators in the General Assembly. I’m thankful for the support I’ve received both inside and outside of the Statehouse, and I wish my colleagues the best in the upcoming legislative session.”
Banks is running for re-election in November. According to a release, if he’s re-elected he will take his oath of office from Afghanistan via Skype.
A justice of the Indiana Supreme Court will administer the oath. He would then submit a formal leave of absence for the period of his active duty with the Navy, the release said. Banks would have a temporary replacement and would re-assume his Senate seat when he returns.