Cicilline in Afghanistan for Christmas with Troops

Sunday, December 24, 2017

KABUL – Earlier this morning, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, landed in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he will celebrate Christmas with men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who are serving there as part of Operation Resolute Support.

“We owe our servicemembers and their families an incredible debt,” said Cicilline, who represents more than 30,000 veterans in Rhode Island’s First District. “The men and women of the United States Armed Forces represent our country’s most important values of service, honor, and courage. It’s an incredible privilege to spend Christmas with these brave men and women.”

Cicilline touched down in Afghanistan today at 5:00 AM EDT (2:30 PM Kabul time).  He then traveled to Resolute Support Headquarters before receiving a security briefing from U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan designate John R. Bass at the U.S. Embassy.

Cicilline is visiting Afghanistan along with three Republican colleagues from the House Foreign Affairs Committee – U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin, U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, and U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.

Tomorrow morning, Cicilline will join Rhode Islanders serving as part of Operation Resolute Support for a Christmas Day breakfast. Later, he will take part in a series of briefings, visit tactical bases in the region, and serve Christmas Day lunch to troops at Resolution Support Headquarters. He will depart Kabul tomorrow evening.


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