Congress’ paramount responsibility, as outlined in the U.S. Constitution, is to provide for the national security of the United States. Andy Coleman loves this country and has a proven willingness to risk everything for its defense. Given his firsthand military experience in places like Baghdad, Andy knows America’s military must have the resources needed to guard our freedoms. Andy will fight to ensure our airmen, soldiers, marines, and sailors are properly equipped and prepared to counter any threat contingency.
But Andy also knows the national security challenges facing America are complex. Andy’s extensive foreign policy background uniquely equips him to thoughtfully engage these complexities. This background was shaped by three unique sets of experiences.
First, as an Academic: Andy studied political science, international relations and national security at the U.S. Air Force Academy, one of our country’s premier scholastic institutions. Andy also served at the Air Force Institute for National Security Studies, a national security think tank in Colorado.
Second, as a Practitioner: Andy applied his academic knowledge in real world scenarios as a military intelligence officer. On active duty, Andy served with USCENTAF—the Air Force component of CENTCOM—and focused on military and political developments throughout 27 countries in North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Andy deployed to the Middle East during this time, and provided intelligence support for American war efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and throughout the region.
As a reservist, Andy supported intelligence efforts throughout Eurasia in a similar role with USAFE. Andy was mobilized during this period, and deployed with the U.S. Army to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Between 2007 and 2008, Andy served as the senior intelligence officer of an army battalion tasked with rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure. In this role, Andy monitored local militia threats to his unit’s troops, and also provided counterinsurgency and related training.
Third, as an Observer: Upon leaving the military, Andy spent significant time—80 to 100 days every year—in various difficult regions through his role with the Voice of the Martyrs. Although no longer in the military, these experiences provided a rare vantage point for Andy to view the impact of America’s foreign policy. Unfortunately, this view often left Andy exasperated by the Obama administration’s incoherent foreign policy decisions.
Collectively, these three aspects of Andy’s background help him to appreciate the challenges facing America. The world has become more dangerous. Islamic terrorists, such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, and their sympathizers, endanger American lives at home and abroad. Chinese and Russian ambitions threaten regional stability. Such developments underscore America’s need for thoughtful leadership in the national security arena. Andy has the needed skillsets and experience to help safeguard America, and Andy will lead!