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Gov. Jay Nixon makes fourth trip to Afghanistan

Nixon in Afghanistan this weekend
Nixon in Afghanistan this weekend

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon this weekend is part of a four-member governor delegation visiting Afghanistan.

Nixon joined Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Tennessee Gov. William Haslam for the journey, which began Friday at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington.

This is Nixon’s fourth trip to Afghanistan.

The governors flew to Ramstein Air Base in Germany where they visited with military patients being treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center before traveling on to Kabul, Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan on Sunday, Nixon and the other governors met with the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, James Cunningham, before going to Bagram Airfield where they met with generals.

The governors also were briefed on deconstruction operations that the military is carrying out.

As he has done on his previous trips, Nixon also met on Sunday with two Missouri National Guard units with about 300 soldiers working on deconstruction.

“I can’t say enough about the tremendous work the Missouri National Guard has done as part of our military efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries,” Nixon said in a statement.

Nixon is to return to Missouri on Monday.

Also Sunday, Nixon spoke to Missouri reporters about the latest events in Ferguson, including the non-fatal shooting of a police officer near Ferguson on Saturday night.

According to Eli Yokley of PoliticMO, Nixon said: “The officer being shot last night is a challenge, obviously, for everybody. Our heart goes out to the law enforcement folks injured last night.”

Ferguson Police said the shooting was not related to protests surrounding the police shooting of Michael Brown.

“Our focus continues to be over the duel lines of safety and speech,” Nixon said, when asked how he thinks the tension in Ferguson can be quelled. “When people cross the line and have violent behavior or act out, that’s something we’re going to have to watch extremely carefully.”