Photo essay: Kentucky Guardsmen in Baghdad get a surpise visit from the Governor

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Story and photos by Staff Sgt. April Davis, 116th Garrison Command, USD-C

Kentucky Guardsmen take a group photo with Governor Steve Beshear at a Victory Base Complex in support of Operation New Dawn, Aug. 2, during governor's visit to Baghdad. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, 116th Garrison Command, USD-C)

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Governor Steve Beshear met with Kentucky Troops deployed in support of Operation New Dawn, Aug. 2, at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad. The governor met with the advanced element of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Kentucky Army National Guard, as they prepare for the arrival of the rest of their brigade members in Iraq this month.

Governor Steve Beshear talks to Kentucky Guardsmen at a Victory Base Complex in Baghdad. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, 116th Garrison Command, USD-C)

Governor Steve Beshear (left) walks with Lt. Col. Wendell Calhoun (center), deputy brigade commander of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Kentucky Army National Guard, and Lt. Col. Allen Boone (right), operations officer for the 149th MEB, during his visit with troops, Aug. 2, at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, 116th Garrison Command, USD-C)

Kentucky Guardsmen talk to Governor Steve Beshear at a Victory Base Complex in Baghdad. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, 116th Garrison Command, USD-C)

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signs his name on a concrete barrier wall underneath the Kentucky State flag, Aug. 2, at Victory Base Complex in Baghdad. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, 116th Garrison Command, USD-C)

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