President Obama surprises troops in Afghanistan

“We are all incredibly proud. We all honor what you do,” he continued. “And all of you show all of America what’s possible when people come together, not based on color or creed, not based on faith or station, but based on a commitment to serve together, to bleed together and to succeed together as one people, as Americans.”

Above is an excerpt from a message given by President Obama to the troops during a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, March 28th.  

Obama reiterated that continued military operations against the type of Afghanistan-based terrorism that led to the 9/11 attacks are necessary for American security, saying the “folks back home are relying on you.”

“I want every American serving in Afghanistan, military and civilian, to know, whether you’re working the flightline here at Bagram or patrolling a village down in Helmand, whether you’re standing watch at a forward operating base or training our Afghan partners or working with the Afghan government,” he said, “your services are absolutely necessary, absolutely essential, to America’s safety and security.”

Photos from the President’s trip to Afghanistan:

blog post 03-29President Barack Obama waves to U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010.

2blog post 03-29U.S. President Barack Obama greets U.S. troops at a mess hall at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010. White House Photo by Pete Souza

3blog post 03-29U.S. President Barack Obama meets with U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, left, and Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010. McChrystal is the commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. White House photo by Pete Souza

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