February 26, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Meets with Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen

Discusses Admiral’s Recent Trip to Fort Drum and Military Priorities

Washington, DC - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met this morning with Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to discuss his recent visit to Fort Drum and the deployment of the 3rd Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division this month.

"I have immense gratitude to the members of our military who put their lives on the line to keep us safe. I look forward to working with Admiral Mullen and our military leaders to strengthen our armed forces and keep our nation safe," said Senator Gillibrand.

Senator Gillibrand and Admiral Mullen discussed the need for additional money for the State Department to help the military's mission in Afghanistan. They discussed priorities including instability in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the current situation in Iraq, and new efforts to take care of returning veterans. Senator Gillibrand pledged to work with the military on legislation that will assist wounded soldiers and their families and create jobs for veterans.

"I am pleased that as we refocus our mission in Afghanistan, we will ensure our soldiers have a longer break at home between missions. I will continue to work to provide the needed assistance for the men and women returning home and deliver the benefits our veterans have earned," Senator Gillibrand continued.

"It was nice that Admiral Mullen took time during his visit to Fort Drum to meet with spouses of deployed soldiers. We are lucky to have such a strong and supportive community for our military families. Fort Drum is growing quickly, and can truly be a catalyst for economic growth in the North Country."