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Congress members visit troops at FOB Lightning


Written by U.S. Army Sgt. Spencer Case 304th Public Affairs Detachment

Regional Command East - Combined Joint Task Force - 101Paktya Province, Afghanistan – Five members of the House Armed Services Committee, on a whirlwind tour of Afghanistan, spent about three and a half hours with U.S. troops at remote Forward Operating Base Lightning, Paktya province August 2nd.

The envoy included Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi, Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina, Rep. Madeleine Bordallo of Guam, Rep. Mike Conway of Texas, Rep. Glenn Nye, Rep. Mike Critz of Pennsylvania, Hans Klemm, the U.S. advisor to Afghanistan Attorney General Mohammad Ishtaq Alako, and several others.

During their visit, the dignitaries spent time with troops of the Lucedale, MS-based 287th Engineer Co., who have been combing the roads of southeastern Afghanistan for improvised explosive devices. They were particularly interested in making sure the Soldiers’ equipment needs were met and made notes of deficiencies. 

“I guess our mission is to learn as much as possible about the progress in Afghanistan,” Bordallo said. «Read the rest of this article»

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