Gov. Pete Ricketts made a quick trip to Cuba to visit National Guard troops stationed at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station.
“During the holiday season, Susanne and I encourage Nebraskans to take a moment to pray for and remember the men and women who are serving our state and our country abroad,” Gov. Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office. “These brave Soldiers and Airmen make great sacrifices in order to keep Nebraska and America safe. While we are enjoying the company of our friends and families, they are protecting our freedoms. We thank them for their service.”
More than 50 members of the Nebraska National Guard have been stationed at Guantanamo Bay since April to support detainee operations. They are serving a one-year deployment.
The governor’s office says Ricketts delivered various gifts to the deployed troops, including a volleyball signed by Husker Volleyball Head Coach John Cook and a football signed by new Husker Football Coach Scott Frost.
Adjutant Gen. Daryl Bohac and Nebraska National Guard Command Sergeant Major Marty Baker accompanied Ricketts on the trip.
“I am humbled by the important work they are doing on behalf of our state and nation,” Major General Bohac said in a written statement released by the governor’s office. “I always think about them while they are away from home and their families, but I am confident they will return better Soldiers and better citizens.”
Ricketts returned to Nebraska Thursday evening.