A fierce advocate of conservative values, strong education, and public service, Allen West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. His parents instilled in him a very basic principle: love of God and country.
Having served in several combat zones — including in Operation Desert Storm and in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was battalion commander for the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, and in Afghanistan, where he trained Afghan officers to take on the responsibility of securing their own country — West has proven his unparalleled ability to lead under difficult situations. During his 22 years of service in the U.S. Army, he was distinguished by numerous commendations and honors for valor, achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel.
West’s upbringing, education, and distinguished military service inspired him to become a staunch advocate of national security, armed services, educational, and veterans issues and, accordingly, to seek public office. In 2010, he became the first black Republican from Florida to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives since Reconstruction.
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