Rep. Zeldin in Afghanistan Visiting U.S. Service Members for Christmas | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Rep. Zeldin in Afghanistan Visiting U.S. Service Members for Christmas

December 25, 2017
Press Release


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KABUL, Afghanistan - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is celebrating Christmas Day in Afghanistan with deployed U.S. service members. Representative Zeldin is leading the bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) that also includes Congressman David Cicilline (D, RI-1), Congressman Mike Coffman (R, CO-6), and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-8). Having visited U.S. troops in Iraq over Christmas in December 2015 and Afghanistan over Christmas in December 2016, this is Congressman Zeldin’s third consecutive year spending the holidays in the Middle East with deployed service members. In addition to Afghanistan, Congressman Zeldin’s CODEL is traveling to additional countries within the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations.

“It is my highest honor to be able to personally thank all of our deployed men and women abroad for their tremendous sacrifice on behalf of a very grateful nation. It is not easy for them to spend the holiday season several thousand miles away from home having great family and friends missing them around the Christmas Tree or Hanukkah Menorah,” Congressman Zeldin said. For many of our deployed military and diplomatic personnel, this isn’t their first holiday season away from their loved ones. Being able to serve them their Christmas Day meals, let them know how much they are appreciated, and receive their critical feedback from the ground, is the absolute least I can do to make sure they know how much countless Americans are thinking about them, praying for them, and filled with enormous gratitude for their incredible sacrifice.”

Upon arrival to Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 24, 2017, Congressman Zeldin’s CODEL met with diplomatic and military leadership for a classified briefing followed by a Christmas Eve dinner meeting at the residence of U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and New York native, John Bass.

On Christmas Day, Congressman Zeldin met with New York service members for breakfast in Kabul at the Resolute Support Dining Hall, met with Resolute Support Commander General John W. Nicholson, Jr., visited Forward Operating Base Fenty, and served lunch to deployed troops at Forward Operating Base Gamberi.

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