Barbour Visits with Secretary, Troops

Mississippi's Haley Barbour is among a group of governors visiting American troops serving in Iraq. He's part of a delegation that includes Sonny Perdue of Georgia, Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming and Ted Kulongoski of Oregon.

More than 3,500 National Guard troops from Mississippi are in Iraq, many with the 155th Brigade Combat Team.

“I had a chance today to meet with a number of the soldiers from the 155th,” Barbour said. “We’ve come across soldiers from across Mississippi, and it’s really inspiring to actually see the work they do. We’re very proud of all of our men and women in the military.”

The governors attended a cookout with soldiers from each of their states.

“I am especially honored to be with our soldiers as we all prepare for Veteran’s Day tomorrow,” Barbour added. “All Mississippians really should take this opportunity to show our veterans how much we appreciate their service and commitment to our great country.”

Governor Barbour last visited Iraq in 2005. The governors Monday received a briefing in Washington D.C. by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and other Pentagon officials. They also visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center to meet with wounded soldiers.

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