From Governor Malloy:
GOV. MALLOY VISITS WITH SERVICE MEMBERS IN KUWAIT
Met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Monday
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy was in Kuwait today visiting service members currently deployed in support of U.S. military operations in Iraq and the drawdown of U.S. troops.
Governor Malloy is traveling with Delaware Governor Jack Markell as part of the Governors Delegation Program to visit deployed service members overseas. Started in 2004, the program is part of a Department of Defense outreach effort that provides state governors with the opportunity to visit deployed National Guardsmen and Reservists in the field, while inspiring greater appreciation for their dedication and service to our nation. The cost of this overseas trip was paid for by the Department of Defense.
The delegation left Washington, DC for Kuwait on Monday evening. Prior to departing, Governor Malloy visited the Pentagon to meet with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, where he received briefings about the trip and had a working lunch with senior defense officials. Following the lunch, the group traveled to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to visit wounded soldiers.
“Visiting with the brave men and women from Connecticut and elsewhere who have selflessly put their lives on the line to defend our freedom and way of life is an honor and a privilege,” Governor Malloy said. “We’ve lost nine soldiers since I took office in January. It is an unimaginable tragedy when someone gives their life to protect their country, but it’s also heroic. I wanted to go where these troops have to go, so I could tell them in person how grateful we are for their service, and how proud they make us. I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit with them in Kuwait and will continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers until they all return home safely.”