Des Moines, Iowa --
Iowa State Senator Zach Nunn, will serve on Active Duty with the US Air Force beginning mid-July 2020 through spring 2021. Nunn is the commander of the 233d Intelligence Squadron, 132d Wing, Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines.
"Serving our country, state, and community is the greatest honor of my life. I am humbled by the overwhelming support from constituents as our family is called to military service," said Nunn.
On active duty, Lt Col Nunn will serve the Chief of Staff of the Air Force in the Blue Horizons Fellowship, tasked to examine geo-strategic dilemmas and provide innovative solutions for the Department of Defense. During this time, Nunn will also complete Air War College, according to the release.
"Zach is the National Guard's first selectee to the Blue Horizons Fellowship. This is a great win for Iowa, the Air Guard, and showcases the advantages citizen-airmen can provide our senior military leaders," said Brigadier General Shawn Ford, Iowa Air Adjutant General
Nunn was recently deployed in 2019, as Commander of the 24th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron's airborne missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. During his time on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, he amassed nearly 1,000-combat flight hours during three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded "Best Aircrew" in the Air Force for life-saving air support to U.S. special operations troops under heavy enemy fire.
Nunn is Chair of the International Relations Committee in the Iowa legislature and is serving his first term in the Iowa Senate. He and his wife, Kelly, have four children and live in Bondurant.