Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas was in Iraq July 21 with a delegation of governors to meet with troops and receive a first-hand update about the situation in Iraq. Douglas, a resident of Middlebury, first visited Iraq in March 2006.
The governor departed from Andrews Air Force Base after meeting with Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn and visiting Walter Read Army Medical Center during the day. He arrived at Baghdad International Airport this morning and had an opportunity to meet with Vermont soldiers at Camp Victory and Al Faw Palace.
During the day he also received a briefing from Lt. Gen. Kenneth Hunzeker, the deputy commander of U.S. Forces in Iraq and the NATO Training Mission in Iraq and had a hands-on MRAP vehicle demonstration.
"The Vermonters who have served and who are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are an inspiration to us all," said Douglas. "The sacrifices our troops and their families back at home have made to bring peace and security to this region of the world are tremendous. It is a privilege to be able to see firsthand the work they have done in Iraq."