Reps. Abraham, Coffman, Kuster, O’Rourke, Roe and Takano in The Hill: Our visit to Afghanistan
Our visit to Afghanistan
Over Thanksgiving, our bipartisan delegation had the privilege of visiting Afghanistan to honor our troops and to receive briefings on security, the political transition in Afghanistan and counter-terrorism initiatives. On Thanksgiving Day, we ate with the soldiers and got to meet with service members from our home states. We were welcomed with hospitality and professionalism, and given objective and important information on the status of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. We received many briefings and visited with the president of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, who was elected last year. We also met with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley.
Although you’d have a difficult time finding a more diverse and politically different group of members of Congress, we all put our personal politics aside to visit with our heroes and receive updates from leaders in the country. All of us serve on the House Armed Services or Veterans Affairs committee, so it’s important we understand the progress we’re making in Afghanistan. There’s no question our military is working hard and doing a great job to train the Afghan National Army, and we were glad to have the opportunity to see their work firsthand.
When we first arrived in Kabul, we visited the U.S. Embassy and met with U.S. Army General John F. Campbell, the Commander of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan since August 2014, for an update on the situation on the ground. We found General Campbell to be informed and passionate about the mission, and appreciated him taking the time to provide us with such an important briefing. We also had the opportunity to meet with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley. Ambassador McKinley and his team are critical to the success of the mission, and it was important for us to receive an update on our diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan.
Abraham has represented Louisiana’ 5th Congressional District since 2015. He sits on the Agriculture; the Science, Space and Technology; and the Veterans’ Affairs committees. Coffman has represented Colorado’s 6th Congressional District since 2009. He sits on the Armed Services and the Veterans’ Affairs committees. Kuster has represented New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District since 2013. She sits on the Agriculture and Veterans’ Affairs committees. O’Rourke has represented Texas’ 16th Congressional District since 2013. He sits on the Armed Services and the Veterans’ Affairs committees. Roe has represented Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District since 2009. He sits on the Education and the Workforce and the Veterans’ Affairs committees. Takano has represented California’s 41st Congressional District since 2013. He sits on the Education and the Workforce; the Science, Space and technology; and the Veterans’ Affairs committees.