Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, a member of the Washington National Guard, was selected from a pool of candidates to deploy to Estonia as part of the Army’s Military Reserve Exchange Program.

Sen. Hobbs’ service begins next month and will keep him away for a few weeks while fulfilling his obligation to the National Guard. In his place, Jennifer Smolen, Hobbs’ Legislative Assistant will be available to answer questions, take on casework, and assist constituents in the 44th Legislative District on a wide variety of issues.

“It is an honor to serve my country and our communities in Washington state,” Hobbs said. “I am excited to take on this challenge and to build stronger relationships with our NATO allies.”

Military Reserve Exchange Program is a coordinated international exchange program with NATO militaries to help develop cultural understanding, regional expertise and language proficiency and interoperability. Military members complete their annual training serving in duty assignments similar to their wartime assignments while gaining the understanding of the training, doctrine and operations of NATO alliance partners.

Hobbs enlisted in the Army in 1987 and joined the National Guard in 2006. He is a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Kosovo.
Constituents can reach Hobbs’ Lake Stevens office by calling (425) 334-2092.