Joe Hackney is back in action.
The House speaker has made a quick recovery from prostate cancer surgery, taking a tour of a special warfare center this week at Fort Bragg with three other lawmakers, Dan Kane reports.
According to a news release from the speaker's office, the lawmakers toured a vertical wind tunnel that helps paratroopers learn to maneuver in the air and a "laser shoot house" where soldiers with live ammunition sharpen their close quarter combat skills.
Bill Holmes, Hackney's spokesman, said the speaker began holding meetings in his office Jan. 2, and has also attended a few fundraisers for his colleagues. He's back working the Chatham County beef cattle farm with one of his brothers.
Hackney, 62, an Orange County Democrat, had surgery to remove his prostate on Dec. 21 at UNC Hospital after doctors confirmed the cancer in September. Doctors said the cancer was contained within the prostate, and expected Hackney to make a full recovery.