10 Jan. 2009
PR# 2009-032

U.S. Vice President elect visits ISAF Headquarters

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE), who on January 20 will be sworn in as the Vice President of the United States, visited the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force to meet with ISAF Commander, Gen. David McKiernan, Jan. 10.

The Delaware democrat was accompanied by South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.  The delegation met for breakfast and then received a briefing on operations in Afghanistan directly from Gen. McKiernan.

Following his meeting with Gen. McKiernan, Senator Biden stopped to shake hands with U.S. troops stationed at ISAF headquarters and thanked them for their service.

“Thank you, I mean it sincerely,” said Senator Biden.  “It’s a big, big deal what you’re doing here.  You’re making a big sacrifice in a [challenging] environment.  Thank you for your service.”

Before departing, Senator Biden shook hands one last time with Gen. McKiernan and said, “I’m looking forward to working with you.”

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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