Military readiness and vigorous diplomacy are both key in North Korea

I joined CNN’s “New Day” to discuss the ongoing situation in North Korea and key elements to mitigating that threat. We need both a credible threat of military force and vigorous diplomacy in North Korea. The credible threat of military force will strengthen our deterrence and empower diplomacy. That’s why I support efforts to increase military readiness in the region, and why I am so proud of Sec. Tillerson and Amb. Haley who led successful efforts at the UN Security Council to impose robust sanctions against North Korea.

Hoosier honored with overdue bronze star

It was an honor to present a long-overdue Bronze Star to Kurt Koch. Presenting such an award to such a deserving person is one of the greatest privileges I have as a U.S. Senator. Thanks to his wife, Joyce, for all of her work to make this happen and pull off the surprise. Click to watch the medal presentation:

[Photo courtesy of John J. Watkins, The Times of Northwest Indiana]

A ride-along with our brave police officers 

I took a ride-along with IMPD North District's Officer Labanauskas. I was very impressed with how well the department is connecting with the community and how local churches and organizations like Alliance for Northeast Unification are serving their neighbors. Thanks for all you all do to keep our community safe, and thanks for taking the time to show me around.

Indiana State Fair

It's always a great day at the Indiana State Fair. Thanks to Future Farmers of America for showing us around, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for visiting, and to the Hoosier Agriculture community for sharing your thoughts on the Farm Bill in our roundtable session.

Working together to combat opioid abuse

Last week I visited with Danielle and Kayln, who are recovering from addiction thanks for the folks at Union County Health Department. Currently, the community is pooling resources to address the opioid crisis and help the many people in need, just like these young ladies. This is indeed a national emergency and I support the President’s forthcoming declaration to address this crisis.

Once more thing before you go!

As a graduate of the United States Naval Academy I can attest that there is a lot of work that goes into the Academy application and nomination process. I will host a series of “Academy Days” informational sessions to help those interested in attending a U.S. Military Service Academy navigate this process. These events are free and are intended for current high school students as well as parents and guardians.

Find date and location information below the video; for complete details on the academy nomination process go to, or call, (317) 226-6700.

Monday, August 28th – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Coliseum Campus, Room CC1640

3800 N Anthony Blvd.

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805

Tuesday, August 29th – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

Johnson County National Guard Armory

325 Minuteman Way

Franklin, Indiana 46131

Wednesday, August 30th – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CT

Ivy Tech Evansville, Vectren Auditorium, Room 147

3501 N First Avenue

Evansville, Indiana 47710

Thank you for the continued privilege to serve you in the Senate. My mission is to fight on behalf of Hoosiers and the interests that are unique to our state. I look forward to working with you, and sharing our progress, in the days ahead. Until then…

In Service,