November 10, 2009
GOVERNOR BARBOUR VISITS TROOPS IN IRAQ
Governor Haley Barbour and three other governors are visiting American soldiers serving in Iraq today, as Veteran's Day approaches this week. Governor Barbour is in Iraq as part of a delegation with Governors Sonny Perdue of Georgia, Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming and Ted Kulongoski of Oregon.
More than 3,500 National Guard troops from Mississippi are in Iraq, many from the Tupelo-based 155th Brigade Combat Team.
"I had a chance today to meet with a number of the soldiers from the 155th," Governor Barbour said. "We've come across soldiers from across Mississippi, and it's really inspiring to actually see the work they do. We're very proud of all of our men and women in the military."
The governors were able to attend a cookout today in Iraq with soldiers from each of their states.
"I am especially honored to be with our soldiers as we all prepare for Veteran's Day tomorrow," Governor Barbour added. "All Mississippians really should take this opportunity to show our veterans how much we appreciate their service and commitment to our great country."
On Monday, the governors received a briefing in Washington D.C. by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and other Pentagon officials. They also visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center to meet with wounded soldiers.
Governor Barbour last visited Iraq in 2005.