Missouri governor meets with military in Afghanistan

Friday, July 23, 2010 | 1:57 p.m. CDT
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is on a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan this week. From left: Nixon; South Dakota Gov. Michael Rounds; Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas; Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty; Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and General McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, during visit to Al Faw Palace in Baghdad on Wednesday, July 21.

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri 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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Dan Dothage July 23, 2010 | 8:12 p.m.

Kudos to the Gov for getting out and seeing the Missourians serving overseas.

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