Guam Guard Now in Afghanistan; Bordallo Says Their Morale Is High and Spirits Are Good

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Washington D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is back in Washington after a trip to Afghanistan to visit members of the recently deployed Guam Guard. 

This was Congresswoman Bordallo’s first trip to Afghanistan since the recent deployment of  nearly 600 Guam Guardsmen there.

Bordallo said in a release that she “appreciated the opportunity to meet with some of our Guam Guardsmen who were recently deployed to Afghanistan,” and she “brought them donne dinanche and pugua from home.”

The Congresswoman says she also reminded the Guard members “how grateful we are of their service, and how proud they continue to make our island.”

“Their morale is high,” said Bordallo, “and they are in good spirits.”

“I look forward to the safe return of our Guam Guardsmen, and all those who are serving our country in harm’s way.”

 

 [Congresswoman Bordallo joins several Guam Guardsmen who are currently deployed in Afghanistan].

The CODEL was led by Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia, and included Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut, Rep. Bill Flores of Texas, Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana, and Rep. Bill Enyart of Illinois. 

In addition to visiting the Guam Guard members, Bordallo and the CODEL met with various military officials as well as officials from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, James B. Cunningham.

While in Afghanistan, the CODEL got updates on the Bi-Lateral Security Agreement, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Operations and Intelligence, and the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.

They also stopped in Bahrain to meet with leaders from the Navy’s 5th Fleet and receive a country briefing from the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain.


[Congresswoman Bordallo joins several Guam Guardsmen who are currently deployed in Afghanistan].

 

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Bordallo Returns from Congressional Delegation to Afghanistan, Bahrain
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 23, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today returned to Washington, D.C., following a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) to Afghanistan and Bahrain.

The CODEL was led by Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia, and included Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut, Rep. Bill Flores of Texas, Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana, and Rep. Bill Enyart of Illinois. They met with various military officials as well as officials from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, James B. Cunningham. While in Afghanistan, the Members received updates on the Bi-Lateral Security Agreement, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Operations and Intelligence, and the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan. The delegation also visited Bahrain to meet with leaders from the Navy’s 5th Fleet and receive a country briefing from the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain.

This was Congresswoman Bordallo’s first trip to the region following the recent deployment of more than 600 Guam Guardsmen.

“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with some of our Guam Guardsmen who were recently deployed to Afghanistan,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “I brought them donne dinanche and pugua from home, and reminded them how grateful we are of their service, and how proud they continue to make our island. Their morale is high and they are in good spirits. I look forward to the safe return of our Guam Guardsmen, and all those who are serving our country in harm’s way.

“I also appreciated the opportunity to meet with U.S. defense officials and Ambassador Cunningham to learn more about NATO and ISAF’s efforts in Afghanistan following the drawdown of surge forces in the area. Our military continues to perform well and provide critical assistance to Afghan security forces. It is important that we continue to work with the Afghans to support a sustainable long-term Afghan force and promote stability in the region. I also appreciated receiving updates on 5th fleet activities and reviewing current threats in the Gulf region.”  

 

[Congresswoman Bordallo joins members of a recent Congressional Delegation (CODEL) in Afghanistan. The CODEL was led by Rep. Rob Wittman of Virginia, and included Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut, Rep. Bill Flores of Texas, Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana, and Rep. Bill Enyart of Illinois].