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Malloy meets troops in Kuwait, Afghanistan

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was in Afghanistan last week to meet with troops, including members of the 103rd Security Forces Squadron, which is based at Bradley International Airport.In a press briefing dispatched by Associated Press writer Susan Haigh, Malloy said he was visiting the troops to gain a better understanding of what was going on overseas.“I certainly wanted to understand what our troops are facing when they’re called up and when they’re sent to Kuwait or to Afghanistan, and I think it’s part of a support for them. It’s also part of a learning process for me. It’s an important opportunity, I think, which the DOD [Department of Defense] is making available to governors,” he said.Malloy said he feels a “sense of responsibility to understand what they’re doing, how they’re doing it and how they’re being treated and what their spirits are.” He added that the people he met were “amazingly upbeat.”Malloy visited the Kabul area and the Bagram Air Field. Before he left for Kuwait, he spent time in Washington with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a number of deputy secretaries and General Craig R. McKinley, who is chief of the National Guard Bureau. “I had some serious discussions with him about the future of our Bradley operation and the National Guard there and what their mission is and will evolve to be,” Malloy said. The governor also spent time at Walter Reed National Medical Center and toured new facilities there.

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