Friday, December 07, 2012

Governor Jan Brewer Visits U.S. Troops in Kuwait and Afghanistan

Brings Message of Love and Support from People of Arizona

Governor Jan Brewer departed Afghanistan today, following a multi-day trip to visit American service members – including Arizona troops – stationed in Kuwait and Afghanistan.

The Governor’s trip was at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Defense, which regularly takes elected officials to view military operations and visit with U.S. troops abroad. This is Governor Brewer’s first trip to Afghanistan as part of the program. For safety reasons, details of the Governor’s trip were not publicly disclosed in advance.

“It has been such an incredible honor to be invited to visit with and view up-close our brave service members in Afghanistan,” said Governor Brewer. “I’ve always been a huge supporter of our military, but I’m even more impressed after seeing the important work they’re doing and the difficult and often dangerous conditions in which they operate. I salute them, and I know the people of Arizona join me in praying for their safe return.”

As part of the trip, Governor Brewer flew to Washington, D.C., on Sunday. She met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that morning, before departing the Pentagon in order to visit Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. There, the Governor met with wounded service members, and was briefed on state-of-the-art care and rehabilitation being provided on-site. The visit included a tour of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, a Department of Defense institute that provides cutting-edge evaluation, treatment planning, research and education for service members struggling with mild traumatic brain injury and other psychological conditions.

The Governor departed for the Middle East late Monday, arriving Tuesday afternoon at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait. The delegation then traveled to Camp Buehring, in northwest Kuwait, where Governor Brewer visited with troops and toured facilities.

The following morning, the Governor traveled to Kandahar, Afghanistan. From there, she traveled to Forward Operating Base Frontanec, north of Kandahar. Governor Brewer was briefed on operations and had lunch with Arizona service members, and departed that afternoon for Tarin Kowt, the capital of the Uruzgan province in southern Afghanistan. After observing a briefing and meeting with service members, the Governor departed for Shindand, in the Herat province of western Afghanistan.

Governor Brewer spent Wednesday night in Kabul, the capital and largest city in Afghanistan. Thursday morning (Note: Afghanistan is 11.5 hours ahead of AZ time), she and the delegation traveled to Bagram Air Field, one of the largest U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. Her activities included a commander briefing. From there, the delegation traveled to Sharana – capital of the Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan – where the Governor was briefed and had lunch with Arizona service members.

Governor Brewer returned to Bagram Air Field before departing the country. She is scheduled to return to Phoenix on Saturday.

“After meeting with our wounded warriors at Walter Reed, and seeing our service members in action in Afghanistan, I am so impressed with their dedication to the mission and determination on behalf of this country,” said Governor Brewer. “This trip was my opportunity to tell them, ‘thank you, God bless you and come home safely.’”


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