FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 24, 2005

GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR SPENDS THANKSGIVING
WITH MISSISSIPPI TROOPS IN MIDDLE EAST

(Kuwait) – Governor Haley Barbour celebrated a day of thanksgiving Thursday by helping serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of soldiers, including several dozen from Mississippi, on station in the Middle East, where they are actively engaged in fighting the war against terror.

Governor Barbour, joined by three other governors, visited troops in Kuwait, including personnel of the 184th Container Management Element (CME) of Laurel, Miss.; the 155th Brigade Combat Team, whose members are drawn from across Mississippi and have seen some of the war’s most dangerous assignments; and the 1108th Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot (AVCRAD), an aircraft maintenance unit based in Gulfport.

“This was a very special Thanksgiving, and as much as I regretted giving it up with my family, it was an honor for me to join those who are giving up Thanksgiving with their families,” Governor Barbour said. “I was thrilled to express to them personally on behalf of their fellow Mississippians our appreciation for the outstanding job they are doing in dangerous times and in dangerous places.”

Governor Barbour said spirits among Mississippi troops serving in the Middle East are high. “Our men and women are in great spirits and receive very high marks from their colleagues and commanders. They know the people of Mississippi are strongly behind them,” he said.

The governors’ visit to the Middle East included briefings by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and senior military leaders, including General John Abizaid, commander of the Central Command.

 

 


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Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139 Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150 Fax: 601.359.3741