A retired Air Force two-star who helped lead the Air Force Academy is running to represent Colorado Springs in Congress.

Democrat Irv Halter, who served as vice-superintendent at the academy, will announce his run against incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn on Wednesday.

A 1977 Air Force Academy graduate, Halter is a former fighter pilot who also held top posts in the Pentagon and at the National Reconnaissance Office, which runs the nation's spy satellites.

In his military career, Halter has earned the Distinguished Service Medal, the nation’s highest non-combat honor, and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.  A veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, Halter also earned the Bronze Star medal twice.

Halter wasn’t saying much of substance ahead of his formal announcement.

“I believe I have something to contribute here,” he said Tuesday. “I’ve thought about it long and hard.”

Halter will face an uphill fight against Lamborn, who has regularly clobbered Democratic and veteran opposition since taking the seat in 2006.

Lamborn beat retired Air Force Maj. Gen Bentley Rayburn in the 2008 GOP primary for the seat.
In 2006 Lamborn bested Democrat opponent Jay Fawcett, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel.

In 2008, Lamborn beat retired Air Force Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack for the seat.