Gardner Visits Colorado Troops in Afghanistan

Second Visit to Afghanistan as Senator

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Washington D.C. — Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement after returning from a trip to Afghanistan.


Gardner began his trip meeting with top U.S. military leaders that are a part of Operation Resolute Support, and visited Fort Carson-based 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division in Khandar, Afghanistan to receive an update on their mission. Gardner also visited Bagram Air Force Base where he received an intelligence briefing from special operations command and met with Air Force personnel who are training Afghan pilots. In Kabul, Gardner received security and economic briefings from U.S. embassy personnel and discussed the upcoming Afghanistan elections with John Bass, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.


“It was incredible to visit with our men and women in uniform, many of whom are from Colorado, and see the critical mission they are carrying out to fight the global war on terror and keep us safe,” said Gardner. “I am in awe of the work they do every day and am grateful I had the opportunity to thank them for their work.


“It was also important to meet with our top military and intelligence officials in Afghanistan to gather additional information on Operation Resolute Support and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. We are taking the fight to the Taliban and ISIS and I have confidence in our commanders and troops to carry out this critical mission. I pray for their success and will continue to support their mission.”




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy and Subcommittee on Energy


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