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Washington, D.C. – Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, travelled to Afghanistan over the Mother’s Day weekend. She met with servicemembers and wounded warriors, thanked them for their service, and received briefings from U.S. military commanders.
"I saw a lot of young men and women who were a long way from home this Mother's Day," said McMorris Rodgers. “I wanted to let them know that we're thinking about them, praying for their safety and success, and we are very proud of them."
Rep. McMorris Rodgers also gained a firsthand perspective on military operations in Afghanistan following the death of Osama bin Laden. She was part of a small delegation of Members of Congress who made the trip.
Rep. McMorris Rodgers is Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus and served three terms on the House Armed Services Committee. Fairchild Air Force Base is in her District.
Afghan1: Rep. McMorris Rodgers with Maj. Gen. Stuart Beare.
Afghan 2: Group photo with Rep. McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) [second from left], Rep. Vickie Hartzler (R-MO) [center], and Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) [far right].
Afghan 3: Rep. McMorris Rodgers with Afghan pilots.