October 30, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada Congressman Joe Heck may soon be moonlighting as a one-star general.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced this week that the Republican congressman and doctor had been nominated for the rank of brigadier general in the Army Reserves. He currently holds the rank of colonel, and serves as a medical adviser.
The post requires him to spend some weekends doing Army duties, but Heck spokesman Greg Lemon says it hasn't impeded his work as a lawmaker.
Heck has been called to active duty three times during his 22 years as a reservist, and has previously been deployed to Iraq. Lemon says Heck has not been deployed overseas since he was elected to the House in 2010.
Heck's nomination has been forwarded to the Senate for a confirmation process.