Gov. Ricketts thanks Air National Guard and Nebraska National Guard in Middle East

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Last week, Governor Pete Ricketts visited the Air National Guard and the Nebraska National Guard (NNG) in Kuwait and Qatar to meet with servicemembers.

First stopping at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, he spent time thanking NNG Soldiers of the 1057th Military Police Company for their service. In addition to speaking with soldiers at the base, he was also there to celebrate something special.

One Nebraska team is transferring its command to another detachment staffed by other fellow Nebraskans. The 1057th Military Police, based from Scottsbluff, deployed in October 2021 and is now getting ready to return home. A new Kearney based detachment of the 1057th will continue on with their mission.

The Nebraska National Guard has been providing law enforcement at Camp Arifjan to secure the base and provide services for locals.

After spending time in Kuwait, Ricketts also went and thanked the men and woman of the Nebraska Air National Guard (NEANG) Airman in Qatar.

Visiting Al Udeid Air Base, Ricketts spoke with NEANG Airman who are performing critical aircraft maintenance and operations work. He thanked them for their sacrifices to support United States military missions in the Middle East.

Major enhancements have been made to the base in Qatar, such as improved living quarters and food services at Al Udeid Air Base. Gov. Ricketts was able to tour the new dormitories on base and see how they were being taken care of.

Channel 8 spoke with Adjutant General of the Nebraska National Guard Major General Daryl Bohac about his trips to Kuwait and Qatar with Ricketts.

“Being able to go face-to-face in person with our soldiers who are deployed a long ways away from home, away from their families that do so much to support them, it’s a big plus.” Major General Bohac said. “It’s a morale booster to have their leadership come and visit with them and see what conditions they are facing and how they are doing.”

Qatar has pledged to invest more than $8 billion to help make more upgrades to the Al Udeid Air Base, affirming their commitment to the United States.

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