LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Michigan Army National Guard troops deployed to the Middle East are getting an unexpected thank you.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer called troops stationed in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria and the UAE to thank them for their service.

The 156th Expeditionary Signal Battalion from Howell, the 1436th Engineer Company from Montague and the 125th Infantry Regiment from Saginaw received video calls from Whitmer

The governor emphasized that Michiganders are risking their lives to keep those at home safe.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we should recognize the tremendous sacrifices they make so that we can live freely. Right now, many active duty members are away from their families and working hard across the ocean from Michigan. I hope we all take time to honor our military and their families this Thanksgiving and pray for their safe return home.”

Governor Whitmer

More than 1,000 members of the Michigan National Guard are spending Thanksgiving away from their families, according to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers.

Supporting efforts on the southwest border or assisting humanitarian efforts for
displaced persons in the Middle East, their selflessness and commitment to their mission in these difficult times should be honored. We look forward to being able to safely welcome each unit and individual home into their families.”

US Army Major General Paul D. Rogers

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