Gov. Nixon meets with military in Afghanistan

Friday, July 23, 2010 | 1:15 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has been meeting with military forces in Afghanistan.

Nixon said Friday that he visited an emergency field hospital and met with National Guard troops deployed from units based in Joplin and Poplar Bluff. The governor says he also received briefings from Gen. David Petraeus, the top military commander in Afghanistan, and U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry.

Nixon is traveling with governors from Massachusetts, Minnesota, South Dakota and Vermont. He spoke to reporters Friday on a conference call.

Earlier this week, Nixon traveled with the other governors to Iraq. He also was among five governors who took a similar trip last July to Iraq and Afghanistan.


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