U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is being deployed to the southern border with an Air Force National Guard Unit.

In a statement to CNN, his office said he was deployed earlier this week and is serving on active duty in his capacity as Lieutenant Colonel.  Kinzinger is not expected to go into Mexico.

Prior to Kinzinger’s election to Congress, he served in the Air Force during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Kinzinger’s offices in Illinois and D.C. will remain open during his deployment.  No word yet on when he could return.