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Guam delegate meets Afghan, Bahrain officials

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo joined a delegation on a five-day fact-finding mission to Afghanistan and Bahrain.  The Congressional Delegation met with officials like U.S. Deputy Ambassador of Afghanistan Earl Anthony Wayne, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan General David Petraeus, and several other high ranking military officials to discuss the economic, political, and security progress in Afghanistan.  

The delegation also received an operational update from U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Adam Ereli and Commander of the fifth fleet Vice Admiral Mark Fox, while meeting with the Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Bahrain Defense Forces Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Bordallo also met with service members from Guam at various times during the trip.

She wrote, "I am very proud of our service members' dedication and professionalism, and I told them that the people of Guam and our nation appreciate their sacrifices.  Furthermore, the trip was helpful in better understanding the needs of our service members who are serving in Afghanistan.  Our delegation was provided with insightful briefs about the progress we are making at routing out the extreme elements of the Taliban and bringing greater stability to this region.  The Obama Administration is putting the necessary resources into Afghanistan to meet our objectives.  We must continue to have close oversight of these activities to make sure we are ultimately successful."

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