18 Dec. 2008
PR# 2008-723

U.S. Senators Kerry, Bond visit ISAF HQ


United States Senators John Kerry and Christopher Bond visited ISAF headquarters to discuss operational and intelligence issues concerning the International Security Assistance Force on Dec 18.

The senators arrived at the ISAF headquarters Thursday morning to get their briefing directly from the Commander ISAF, General David McKiernan.  Before their meeting, Kerry and Bond took time to shake hands with members of the U.S. forces at the headquarters.  While shaking hands with Sergeant First Class Geleta Lanier, Senator Kerry thanked her for her service in Afghanistan.

“He asked me where I was from and said it’s always a pleasure to be in the company of the people that serve.”  Sergeant Lanier said. “Anytime a senator comes over to visit deployed troops it’s always a morale booster, especially during this time of year. We think we are forgotten, but it is so far from the truth.”

The congressional delegation was briefed on current military intelligence and operations by General McKiernan.  Senator Bond, Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, talked about the status of operations, command resourcing concerns, and mission readiness.

Senators Kerry and Bond will continue to remain in the region for the next several days visiting troops stationed throughout the Middle East.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
Tel: +93 (0)799 51 1155 - Mobile: 0093 (0) 799 55 8291 pressoffice@hq.isaf.nato.int - www.nato.int/isaf/