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PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Vice President Joe Biden speaks with servicemembers during a visit to the Dragon dining facility on Bagram Airfield here Jan. 12. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. David House, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Vice President Joe Biden dropped in on servicemembers stationed at Bagram Airfield, here Jan. 12 during breakfast at the Dragon dining facility.

The visit came during an unannounced trip to Afghanistan to meet with top U.S. and Afghan personnel about the status of U.S. forces deployed to Afghanistan and assess progress toward the transition to Afghan-led security.

The vice president first worked his way to a table of Soldiers and Airmen from his home state of Delaware, grabbing a piece of bacon from the buffet table en route. He joked with servicemembers commenting, “We’re kind of neighbors,” telling stories of back home and joining in the disappointment over some recent sports setbacks.

“We talked about our love of the Philadelphia Eagles and how they had a disappointing season,” said U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Chris Cummings, a Dover, Del., native with Combined Joint Task Force 101. “It was good to see some of our civilian leadership come in and express their gratitude for the sacrifices the Soldiers and their families are making.”

Once he finished with his fellow Delawareans, Biden worked his way around the room asking troops where they are from, making small talk and thanking them for serving their country. He kept up the conversational and personal feel, sliding in a joke where he could.

“It was a pleasure to get a chance to see Biden, he’s a very nice and personable guy,” said U.S. Army Spc. Patrick Valant, a Dyersville, Iowa, native and a member of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls. “He jokingly referenced the fact he had lost the caucus in Iowa during the previous election.”

The servicemembers were happy to meet the vice president, many posing for pictures or shaking hands with Biden as he visited their table.  

“He is a very warm and wonderful person. Talking to him, it’s almost like he has known you before,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Mildred Batiste, a Middletown, Del., native with the 131st Transportation Company when asked about meeting the vice president. “He asked me where I was from, and I thanked him for the educational policies he put into place because I am a teacher.”
Biden made sure to visit with every one of the approximately 500 servicemembers eating breakfast before leaving. On his way out, Biden grabbed a plate of food for the road.

This is the first visit by Biden as vice president to Afghanistan.PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photo with U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Shane Wrage, a Polk City, Iowa, resident and an Afghan National Police liaison with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, during a visit he made to the Dragon dining facility on Bagram Airfield here Jan. 12. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Michael L. Sparks, 17th Public Affairs Detachment)


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Soldiers of the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps, Afghan National Police’s 202nd Shamshod and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, supported by the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, TF Phoenix, conducted an air assault into the valley to remove enemy forces. Battle Group Richelieu, TF La Fayette, provided artillery support from Kapisa Province.

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