SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he has returned from a trip to the Middle East with a new appreciation for the challenges faced by soldiers and the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Herbert says the five-day trip gave him an appreciation for the extreme conditions, tribal cultures and rugged terrain in the two countries where American soldiers are fighting.
Herbert visited Afghanistan and Iraq last week along with the governors of Nevada, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Herbert says he visited with National Guard troops from Utah who are stationed in Iraq. He presented them with the Governor's Coin, a commemorative medallion given to active, deployed troops.
The governor's office has posted pictures of the trip online.
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