Rep. Martha Roby: Afghanistan trip was 'life-changing'
U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, returned to Capitol Hill on Monday evening after a five-day, four-stop tour overseas, when she met with military personnel and surprised U.S. troops in Afghanistan with a visit on Mother's Day.
Rep. Roby, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, was a part of a six- member delegation of congresswomen that went overseas to meet with U.S. commanders and observe military operations following the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Rep. Roby said that morale was high among the troops in Afghanistan after the announcement of bin Laden's death, but that the overall drive to overcome the enemy remained the same as when he was alive.
"The death of Osama bin Ladin is a tremendous victory for us, but it is just the tip of the iceberg in the war on terrorism," she said. "It would be a mistake to view his death as an opportunity to walk away from all we have accomplished."
The freshman congresswoman and mother of two described the trip as a "life- changing experience" that gave her insight to the dedication and sacrifice of U.S. troops overseas. She said it also deepened her understanding of the current state of military operations within the war.
"I knew that it was very important early in my term to receive a firsthand perspective of what is happening overseas, especially with two large military bases -- Maxwell and Gunter-- in our district," Rep. Roby said via phone today.
The trip included stops in Germany, where the delegation met with wounded soldiers in intensive care; and Afghanistan, where the bi-partisan delegation participated in a briefing with Gen. David Petraeus and met with troops from their individual districts.
The congresswomen were also scheduled to visit Kandhar, but were re-routed due to violent unrest and reported bombings they day before they were scheduled to arrive.
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