Cheyenne, Wy – Governor Dave Freudenthal is in Iraq today (Tuesday) on a surprise trip to
visit U-S troops.
Joining Freudenthal on the trip are Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
Freudenthal told Fox News that the United States faces challenges in building Iraq's infrastructure from the bottom up and gathering intelligence to dismantle the insurgency.
But Freudenthal said that progress is being made.
Wyoming has ten Air National Guard and ten Army National Guard
troops in Iraq right now. Another 154 Wyoming Guard members are in
Fort Lewis, Washington, in preparation for deployment to Iraq.
There are a total of 272 Wyoming Guard members who are currently
deployed overseas, including in Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Freudenthal's first stop in the Middle East was to a base in
Kuwait, where he had dinner with a group of Wyoming troops.
Azar says that for security reasons, she can't confirm ahead of
time where in Iraq Freudenthal plans to visit or when he plans to