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Ret. Marine General running for Congress to “put some rudder into this ship known as the United States”

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Lieutenant General John W. Bergman, United States Marine Corps
Lieutenant General John W. Bergman, United States Marine Corps

A retired US Marine Lieutenant General who flew helicopters in Vietnam is seeking election on the GOP ticket in Michigan’s 1st Congressional District.

According to The Detroit News, Lt.Gen John “Jack” Bergman has filed 2,000 petition signatures to get on the August primary ballot.

Commissioned in 1969, Bergman flew CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters during the Vietnam War and was a until he left active duty in 1975, where he transferred to the Rhode Island National Guard.

Eventually, he would return to the Marine Reserves- all the while working a very lucrative “hybrid” career as a Northwest Airlines pilot and running a medical supply business.

In 2003, Bergman was called back to active service, working diligently until he retired as a Lieutenant General in 2009.

When asked why he decided to run for office, Bergman remarked “I felt it was time for me to step up and put some rudder into this ship known as the United States and put it back on course.”

The 69-year-old still owns his own medical supply business and expects to use his military service as a trump card to hold over the heads of his opponents, Senators Tom Casperson and Jason Allen.

“Right, wrong or indifferent, we have two career politicians seeking to ascend to the next rung of their career ladder,” Bergman said. “You have me who is coming out of retirement to serve the country in a suit rather than a uniform.”

Bergman has resided in Michigan’s upper peninsula of Michigan for eighteen years.

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