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U.S. Defense Department Flies Malloy To The Middle East

by | Nov 15, 2011 6:33pm
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Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

(Updated 6 p.m.) Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is in Kuwait.

Yup. That’s right, Malloy flew to out of Washington D.C. on Monday evening as part of a Department of Defense program which provides state governors with the opportunity to visit deployed National Guardsmen and Reservists in the field.

The announcement released at 5:05 p.m. today came as a surprise to news media who have been inquiring as to Malloy’s whereabouts this week.

The Department of Defense paid for trip and before leaving Malloy and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell had lunch with with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. During the lunch they were briefed about the trip. Following the lunch, the group traveled to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to visit wounded soldiers.

Roy Occhiogrosso, Malloy’s communications adviser, said the secrecy of the governor’s whereabouts was imposed by defense officials.

He added that Malloy was honored to take part in the trip and has already met with some servicemen and women from Connecticut.

“Visiting with the brave men and women from Connecticut and elsewhere who have selflessly put their lives on the line to defend our freedom and way of life is an honor and a privilege,” Malloy said in a press release. “We’ve lost nine soldiers since I took office in January. It is an unimaginable tragedy when someone gives their life to protect their country, but it’s also heroic.”

“I wanted to go where these troops have to go, so I could tell them in person how grateful we are for their service, and how proud they make us,” Malloy said in the statement. “I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit with them in Kuwait and will continue to keep them in my thoughts and prayers until they all return home safely.”

It’s still unclear what the rest of Malloy’s itinerary may look like, but more information is expected to be released Wednesday.

Kuwait has acted as a staging area for U.S. troops to enter Iraq over the past few years, but just last week officials signaled they hadn’t reached an agreement on U.S. troop levels after the complete withdraw at the end of the year.

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posted by: Disgruntled | November 15, 2011  7:27pm

This one makes me GAG! Soooo Chris Shays-like. Not that I did not warn you all!
Making certain to note that the DoD paid…we know DAN did not,and who is the DoD,but us?!
Dan,Dan,the traveling man.
He did it in Stamford and the opportunities are even greater in his current office. Indeed,Mr. Pavia back in Stamford is in PERU this week.
Meanwhile.Us little people have to look for work so we can pay the taxes that keep these clowns in the air…

posted by: ... | November 15, 2011  8:05pm

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Most definitely a surprise trip, though not a surprise it was a secret. Most overseas trips to U.S. bases (especially in the Middle East region and western Asia) are largely held close until the trip is underway for the security of those traveling.

As for Markell being there, I have a feeling Malloy is looking to pick up a few tips from Markell for his next 3 years (considering Markell’s gubernatorial record in office thus far).

posted by: Hebee | November 16, 2011  6:52am

I wonder if Blumenthal was there too. Lord knows, he (like Dan) is involved in everything ...except his job. On second thought, Blumenthal wouldn’t go. The trip was kept a secret from the Press.

posted by: OutOfOutrage | November 16, 2011  12:04pm

OutOfOutrage

What a joke! I hate this self-serving BS! You know what happens to the troops when VIPs visit?  It’s a lot of extra work and preparation so that these guys can make some political hay.  This had nothing to do with comforting troops!  If I’m stationed overseas the last thing I want to see is a visiting VIP like the Gov.  I want to see my family.  I want to go home. Understanding that those are not options, having me jump through all the hoops involved with preparing for visiting VIPs is not exactly comforting. But then again, it’s not about the troops is it Dan.

posted by: SocialButterfly | November 16, 2011  10:27pm

State GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola said he is sympathetic to the cause of Malloy’s Kuwait and Aghfanistan visit. but said his other 15 other trips this year raises questions about whether the governor’s priority is with his own political future—or Connecticut’s economic recover.

Or is he just bored with his job?

posted by: Disgruntled | November 17, 2011  9:28am

The GOP should be watching even though they were pretty quiet about Chris Shays and his travels..Everyone who pays taxes should be interested.
Spinning the costs associated with this silly travel is an old game. DoD. Chamber of Commerce.Another government.Council of this or that…the bottom line is that the man is on the road for his own reasons,not for the good of Nutmeggers,and tries to imply that benefits will trickle down to the state. Politicians learned this game from the private sector,where it flourishes at shareholder expense. Dan did it back in Stamford,starting small,with a city vehicle and jumping into globe trotting as the years went by.People who made noise got a city car,or had their car taken away or were invited along or NOT invited.
Watch. He will be on the road more,not less,as the years go by,and Nancy will be filling in at his ceremonial functions.
Like Congressional insider trading,it is not illegal,but that does not make it right.
DAN! Travel the world on your own dime and your own time.

posted by: ... | November 17, 2011  12:20pm

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Several CT troops have vocalized online (through forums or news articles) that they were happy to have their Gov. see them abroad (as fighting constituents, fellow Nutmeggers), and that they still matter as they wars that most of society doesn’t know enough about or have family involved in. All they see is dollar signs. I hope Disgruntled that your rants against Malloy visiting any soldier in the state or abroad is not being expressed solely on money. Because caring for and recognizing our soldiers have been, are, and will continue to be worth more than the paper we use on a daily basis.

posted by: Disgruntled | November 17, 2011  2:30pm

It might well be a little bit about the money…
Dan the hawk speaks from abroad! Gotta keep those troops busy!

“Malloy said Connecticut will face “serious consequences” if there are deep cuts in the Pentagon budget. A dozen lawmakers in Washington are charged with producing a federal deficit-cutting plan by Thanksgiving. If they fail to reach a deal or if Congress rejects their plan, that would trigger $1.2 trillion in automatic, across-the-board cuts, and up to $500 billion would hit the Pentagon.”