Love of country has guided John Astle throughout a career that has included service in the military, law enforcement, and the Maryland General Assembly. John joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966. His nine years of active service included a tour of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and a tour as a Presidential helicopter pilot. After resigning his regular commission in 1975, John began a 21-year commitment with the Marine Corps Reserves. During that time, he volunteered and served five months’ active duty in the Persian Gulf War. He retired as a Colonel from the Reserves in 1996. John has continued his public service by serving the people of Maryland first as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and then as a member of the Maryland Senate.
An avid sportsman and environmental advocate, John is a long-time supporter of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses. He spearheaded the creation of the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2001, which led to the creation of a National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses. John also serves in key leadership positions with organizations working to restore the Chesapeake Bay, including a position on the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Board of Trustees.