DoD News, Defense Media Activity
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2014 – Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work traveled to Afghanistan Nov. 27-28 to visit U.S. service members during the Thanksgiving holiday and thank them for their service, according to a DoD news release.
The Deputy Secretary made stops at several coalition operating locations, visiting ISAF, NATO and Afghan forces in Kabul, Kandahar, Gamberi and Jalalabad to commend them on their ongoing efforts and successes. At each location, Work met with service members and expressed Secretary Hagel's and his own appreciation for their service, and that of their families during this critical time, the release noted.
While in Afghanistan, Work met with numerous senior U.S. military commanders, including Army Gen. John Campbell, International Security Assistance Force commander. During several meetings, Work highlighted the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces, ISAF's ongoing transition to the NATO Resolute Support mission, and ongoing U.S. retrograde efforts, the release stated.
This visit to Afghanistan marks the third time Work has traveled to the country in an official capacity. This was his second trip as the Deputy Secretary of Defense.