The Ripon Forum

Volume 55, No. 4

September 2021

Ripon Profile of August Pfluger

By on September 8, 2021

Name: August  Pfluger

Occupation: Representative for Texas’s 11th Congressional District

Previous positions held: Currently a Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve, previously an F-22/F-15 pilot with 300+ combat hours and 2,000 flight hours, a Squadron Commander, an NSC Advisor, and a NATO officer.

Where were you on September 11, 2001? On 9/11, I was in Del Rio, Texas — one week away from graduating pilot training and entering the ranks of the US Air Force as the newest fighter pilot.

How did the 9/11 terrorist attacks shape your career in the military? 9/11 changed everything for the US Air Force. From that day on, the Air Force has been constantly deployed around the globe fighting against terrorism and deterring growing powers like China and Russia. I have been deployed all over the world in support of the security of our Nation as well as our allies and partners. This includes fighting against ISIS in Iraq/Syria, deterring Russia in Europe, and deploying multiple times to the Pacific to deter China. As a member of the National Security Council staff, I was able to draw upon these experiences to advise the President and keep our nation safe and secure.

What are the lessons of 9/11 that are shaping your career in Congress today? The attacks of 9/11 have imprinted upon me the fact that our freedom is not free. We must remain vigilant about assessing threats, and we must be willing to use every instrument of power to keep our country and our allies safe. Negotiating from a position of weakness or turning a blind eye to threats will only result in a less secure nation. 9/11 reminds me of how important it is to deter and defeat any and all threats before they reach our borders.

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