Obama – Afghanistan US Troops
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How’s it going, Bagram? Well, you know, it turns out that the American people, they let me use this plane called Air Force One. And so I thought I’d come over and say hello. Couple of people I want to thank, in addition to Sergeant Major Eric Johnson for the outstanding introduction and his great service. I want to thank Major General Mike Scaparrotti.
Thank you for your great work as commanding general. I want to thank Ms. Dawn Liberi, who is the senior civilian representative of Regional Command East, for her outstanding work; and Brigadier General Steven Kwast, commander — commander 455th Air Expeditionary Wing. Thank you all for your outstanding service. Give them a big round of applause.
Thank you for the unbelievable welcome. I know this was on a little bit of short notice.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: No worries.
THE PRESIDENT: No worries. It is great to be here at Bagram, and it’s great to see all the services. We’ve got Air Force, we’ve got Army — we’ve got Navy — we’ve got some Marines in the house. And we’ve got a lot of civilians here too — who are making an outstanding contribution to this effort, and I’m honored to be joined by America’s outstanding civilian military leadership team here in Afghanistan, Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, who’s doing outstanding work, and the commander of our 43-nation coalition, General Stan McChrystal. The two of them together have paired up to do an extraordinarily difficult task, but they are doing it extraordinarily well and we are proud of them. Please give your outstanding team a big round of applause. They’ve got my full confidence and my full support.
We’re also joined by troops from some of our coalition partners, because this is not simply an American mission or even just a NATO mission.