Sen. Deb Fischer says she learned a lot and saw a lot of people during her trip to the Middle East.
Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says she met with several Nebraskans in Afghanistan working a variety of roles to aid the war effort in that country.
“These are young people who have volunteered and stepped up. They do a variety of jobs in supporting each other and certainly in supporting us,” Fischer tells reporters during a conference call.
Fischer says she met with Nebraska service members attached to an airborne unit in Kabul as well as a pilot flying helicopters from a base in Kandahar. She also met with a radiologist, truck driver and forward-security worker, all from Nebraska.
Fischer traveled to Afghanistan and Israel with fellow senators on an official visit that left the United States January 10th and returned yesterday.
The senators met with Afghan political leaders. They also visited with top military commanders, including Major General Larry Nicholson and General John Allen, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force.
In Israel, the group met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Of course, the prime minister is focused. He’s interested. He’s concerned about America’s commitment to Israel and to that region,” according to Fischer.
Fischer says Netanyahu emphasized that Israel is surrounded by enemies or unstable countries.
“That is not just a concern for the country of Israel, that is a concern for the United States of America as well,” Fischer says. “And, the prime minister stressed that that what happens in that region of the world has a direct effect on citizens in the United States.”
Fischer participated in the trip with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).