A ceremony was held at the Pentagon Monday afternoon for Sen. Mark Kirk as he officially retired from his position of commander in the Navy, where he served for more than 25 years.
During those years he served in Yugoslavia, Turkey and Iraq. He also took part in three two-week reserve deployments in Afghanistan.
Kirk noted Monday that his duty "gave me a priority, a focus, a laser focus on the forward edge of freedom."
He added that he is definitely running for re-election and recently raised $400,000 towards his campaign fund.