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By Theresa Merto

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 17) - Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo recently visited dozens of Guam soldiers in Iraq during a day-and-a-half visit, bearing guyuria, roskete and other Guam treats.

Bordallo, who is back in Washington, D.C., was part of a congressional delegation that focused on military concerns in Iraq, ranging from operations to troop morale and welfare. While in Iraq, Bordallo met with Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of the Joint Task Force in Iraq; Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of the Army's 101st Airborne Division; and other military leaders to get updates on the situation in Iraq, according to a release from the delegate's office.

"Since I visited Iraq six months ago, the U.S. Armed Forces have made significant progress toward providing better force protection equipment for our troops," Bordallo said. "As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am committed to providing our troops the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively."

Bordallo visited Camp Victory in Baghdad, where she met members of the 1st Armored Division and the 1st Calvary Division. She also visited Camp Fallujah, where she met members of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.

Bordallo also met with nearly 70 members of the Army Reserve Charlie Company 411 Engineer Combat Battalion from Guam, whose mission is to construct buildings on Camp Victory North.

"I was impressed by the resolve of the Guam servicemen and women toward accomplishing their mission and getting the job done," Bordallo said. During her visit, the service members also gave Bordallo 62 applications for absentee voting. Bordallo said the applications have been forwarded to her office on Guam and will be given to the Guam Election Commission.

Bordallo said she also plans to call the families of the service members she met to give them messages of hello from their loved ones.

Bordallo said, one soldier told her: "We didn't have Chamorro barbecue. I miss home and the barbecue."

June 17, 2004

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