Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11) is on his way back to New Jersey after visiting troops in Afghanistan as leader of an official Congressional delegation.
Frelinghuysen and fellow members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense were in Afghanistan this week to review ongoing military operations and thank the troops for their contributions to our national security.
"Once again, I come away from Afghanistan so impressed by the quality of the young volunteers who are defending our nation," said Frelinghuysen, a veteran from the Vietnam era. "I welcomed the opportunity to visit with service personnel from all our armed forces from New Jersey, listen to their perspectives and inquire about their families back home. Make no mistake, the work of these young soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen and women is extremely challenging and I was proud to thank them on behalf of all of the people of New Jersey."
The delegation visited Kabul and Kandahar and met with U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the top American commander in Afghanistan, General John R. Allen and Major General John Toolen, Commander of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force as well as other military and civilian leaders of the international force. They visited with deployed Marines at a forward operating base and reviewed training of the Afghan Security Forces and the National Police.