Reps. Banks, Bucshon visit Indiana National Guard troops in Kenya 

WASHINGTON — Today, Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) and Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) returned from visiting Indiana National Guard troops at Camp Simba in Manda Bay, Kenya, over Veterans Day weekend.

The delegation also visited with U.S. forces at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti. Over 130 Indiana National Guardsmen serve in the Horn of Africa as part of Task Force Tomahawk, a counterterrorism mission. 

Rep. Banks said, “It was an honor to visit our Hoosier heroes serving in Africa as part of Task Force Tomahawk to protect against growing threats from Al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups like Al-Shabaab. Indiana is grateful and proud of our Indiana National Guardsmen for their service and sacrifices to keep us safe.” 

Rep. Bucshon added. “I recently had the opportunity and honor to visit with Indiana National Guard troops stationed in Kenya and review their mission in Djibouti to defend our nation and allies from terrorist groups in the region. Indiana National Guard troops are some of the finest in the nation and every Hoosier is thankful for their unwavering dedication and sacrifice abroad to keep our nation safe.”

Rep. Banks is an Afghanistan veteran and Chairman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee. Rep. Bucshon served in the United States Navy Reserve for almost a decade.