Gov. Blunt visits Mo. soldiers in Kosovo

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 | 4:42 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt says Missouri National Guard members are facing a "demanding chore" in Kosovo.

Missouri has about 1,000 guard members in Kosovo on a peacekeeping mission. It's the state's largest single unit deployment since World War I.

Blunt is visiting both the Army brass and the soldiers on street patrol.

In a conference call on Tuesday from Kosovo, Blunt said he traveled there to say thanks to the troops, learn more about their mission and remind Missourians what's going on there.

Blunt says the soldiers are doing a good job of providing security and helping community leaders in a place that still has deep ethnic divisions.

Before returning home Thursday, the governor also is to meet with an Austrian business considering an expansion in Missouri.

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