(Neb)-Ricketts Visits National Guard Soldiers At Guantanamo Bay
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts made a 1-day trip Thursday that few people can ever make: he traveled to Cuba and the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, visited the National Guard troops stationed there, then flew back home.
More than 50 soldiers from the Nebraska National Guard have been stationed at Guantanamo since April as part of a nearly year-long deployment supporting detainee operations.
The governor observed operations and visited with the soldiers, presenting them with various gifts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, including a volleyball signed by Head Coach John Cook of the Huskers' NCAA national championship team and a football signed by new football coach Scott Frost.
Ricketts said everyone should thank the Guard members for their service, especially during the holiday season because while most of us are enjoying the company of family and friends, they're protecting our feedoms away from their's.
He said he and his wife Susanne encourage Nebraskans to remember the troops and to pray for them take a moment to pray
Accompanying the governor, among others, was the adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard, Major General Daryl Bohac, and the guard's top enlisted man, Command Sgt Major Marty Baker.
General Bohac said afterwards that he was humbled by the important work the troops at Guantanamo are doing on behalf of the state and nation...adding that he's confident they will return better soldiers and better citizens."
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