MILLS, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, spent the beginning of his Senate recess visiting Wyoming National Guard soldiers in Kosovo, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.
“You go on the trips to, number one, thank the soldiers, to let them know that people at home, in Wyoming, are thinking about them,” Barrasso said.
He traveled nearly halfway around the world to make sure his fellow Wyomingites were doing well away from home.
He toured bases, shared meals with soldiers and was briefed on military operations in the Middle East.
He said the temperature was 108 degrees in the desert yet soldiers were still working hard.
“The work everyday of the week, seven days a week, because there’s something to be done all the time and they know full well that the world is a dangerous place,” Barrasso said.
He also spoke with soldiers about the Wyoming values they bring with them.
“We talked about the Cowboy Code. Live each day with courage, take pride in your work, do what needs to be done,” Barrasso said.
He said he gave each soldier a Wyoming challenge coin.
“It’s a military challenge coin that has the cowboy on it, the bucking bronco, the rider, to remind them that they’re cowboys,” he said.
Barrasso also said he’s confident in our future after spending time with Wyoming soldiers.
“When you meet these young people who are serving our country, you know as somebody who’s not that young anymore that our future is in very capable hands,” he said.