Congresswoman Susan Davis Visits with Troops in Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan – U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego), Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, and a bipartisan group of Congresswomen celebrated an early Mother’s Day with the troops in Afghanistan. The trip included a meeting between the congressional delegation and the First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani.
“It’s always an honor to meet with service members who are part of the front lines of our national security,” said Davis, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. “These visits allow Members of Congress an opportunity to ensure our men and women in uniform have the tools and resources they need to do their jobs and, of course, to say ‘Thank you’.”
The congresswomen hosted female service members for a luncheon where they discussed the challenges facing mothers deployed in service to their country.
The delegation also delivered Mother's Day cards to female service members that were handmade by elementary students from the Congresswomen's districts.
Davis and the delegation held a meeting with Afghan women parliamentarians and local leaders to discuss the role Afghan women are playing in the rebuilding of Afghanistan.
A meeting with women who serve in the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) was also on the agenda. Last week, in the House Armed Services Committee, Davis passed an amendment that authorized $50 million within the ANSF Fund for the recruitment and retention of women in the ANSF. The amendment was part of the National Defense Authorization Act that passed the Committee and heads to the House floor next week.
In February, Davis and her colleagues met with the First Lady of Afghanistan in Washington. The bipartisan delegation returned the visit in Kabul. Davis and Ghani discussed the role women must play in the future of the country.
This marks Davis’s tenth trip to Afghanistan. Davis initiated the first Mother’s Day trip in 2009 and has returned every year since. Davis was in Afghanistan May 3 and 4, 2015.
Photos of the trip can be found here.