Governor Rell Visits Three Wounded Connecticut National Guard Soldiers
Governor M. Jodi Rell today flew to Washington, D.C., to visit three Connecticut Army National Guard soldiers wounded while on active duty in Afghanistan.
The soldiers are members of the New Haven-based 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment. They are among five members of the unit wounded April 4 when their vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in eastern Afghanistan. The two other wounded soldiers were treated and returned to duty.
“I am incredibly proud of – and profoundly concerned about – these brave men,” Governor Rell said. “I assured them that they have the prayers and best wishes of all of Connecticut. I know they are getting good care now – and I made sure they know that all of the resources of our National Guard family programs and our veterans programs stand ready to provide whatever assistance they and their families need when they return home.
“Our citizen-soldiers are our best and brightest,” the Governor said. “They represent everything that makes Connecticut great – our inventive spirit, our industrious nature, our friendly disposition and our giving heart. As often as I have said it, it bears repeating yet again: Whether they are serving our state in times of natural disaster or serving our nation in the defense of freedom, they are the finest ambassadors we have.”
The Governor – who is Commander-in-Chief of the state’s National Guard – left Connecticut this morning and visited the soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before returning this afternoon. She was accompanied by Major General Thad Martin, the state’s Adjutant General.
The 1/102nd is commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Francis Evon, a member of Governor Rell’s staff. The unit’s departure late last year marked the largest single deployment of Connecticut troops since the Korean War.