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U.S. Senator Jack Reed, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, traveled to Europe to get a firsthand look at security and political developments in the region and their impact on America’s national security.

During the trip, Senator Reed met with American diplomats and military representatives, and held talks with high-ranking foreign leaders to discuss the U.S.–Kosovar relations, the security situation, and America’s bilateral relationships with other partners in the region. Senator Reed also made stops at U.S. European Command and U.S. Army Europe and Africa Command to meet with military leaders and to discuss Russia’s war in Ukraine and international efforts to equip and train brave Ukrainian military units as they fight to defend their sovereignty.

The NATO-led peacekeeping Kosovo Force (KFOR), currently includes members of the Rhode Island National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment, and 110th Public Affairs Detachment.  Reed met with Rhode Island soldiers on the ground to thank them for their service in support of the international peacekeeping mission.