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Chambliss visits Georgia Guard in Afghanistan

POSTED: February 3, 2014 6:17 p.m.
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U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss speaks to members of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Brigade on duty in Afghanistan. Chambliss, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is retiring from Congress.

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U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, toured Camp Phoenix in Afghanistan to meet with Guardsmen in the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Macon.

A longstanding advocate for the military, Chambliss met with military leaders to discuss the situation on the ground, but also sought out service members to give support to his fellow Georgians serving overseas. Brigade staff guided Chambliss through the camp to explain their capabilities and provided insight into the current missions overseas.

Speaking to a formation of soldiers, Chambliss said, “The other reason we are here is to look you in the eye with your boots on the ground, appreciate what a great job you are doing, how much we know you have sacrificed and your families have sacrificed, to protect America and protect Americans. I am very proud of every one of you for your commitment to freedom.”

The 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, also known as the “Macon Volunteers,” is a modular infantry brigade of the Georgia Army National Guard, one of the oldest units in U.S. Army history. Col. Randall V. Simmons Jr., the Task Force Volunteer commander, praised the 48th Brigade from Georgia as “the best combat brigade team in the Army National Guard.”

During his time in Congress, Chambliss has traveled frequently to Afghanistan to meet with military officials and spend time with Georgia troops during the holidays.


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