- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he returned home from visiting troops in Afghanistan with some indelible memories.

Bryant told The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/22VWJRZ ) that the two-day trip in mid-March was “one of the most phenomenal experiences” of his life.

Bryant, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead visited a base in Afghanistan’s Laghman Province in mid-March.

Bryant says he met a troop from Carthage, Mississippi, during a flight on a Blackhawk helicopter and called the man’s wife when he returned to let her know that her husband was OK.

Bryant says he asked the troop’s wife to let him know when he gets home.

Bryant thought the troops would view him as a politician looking for a “photo opp,” but he says they made him feel welcome.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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