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Congressional delegates pose with their constituents and service members during a Congressional Delegation visit to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. During the visit, the ten members of Congress were able to interface directly with service members they represent as well as learn more about their lives. The delegates thanked the service members for their efforts on behalf of the American public. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

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Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger speaks with Capt. Colby Felton, 379 Air Expeditionary Wing chaplain, during a Congressional Delegation visit to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. Spanberger, along with other representatives from various states and districts, met with their constituents to learn more about their service and their lives back home, as well as address any concerns they may have. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

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Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider speaks with Airman 1st Class Brittany Paulino-Manglona, 379 Air Expeditionary Wing religious affairs Airman, during a Congressional Delegation visit to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. Schneider and other visiting representatives took time to meet with constituents from their respective region, and also received a tour of the base to learn about the importance of Al Udeid to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

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Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline meets with Chief Master Sgt. Israel Jaeger, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing command chief, and Capt. Phillip O’Neill, 379th AEW chaplain, during a Congressional Delegation visit to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. The delegation, led by New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, the current House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, received a familiarization tour of AUAB to learn more about the installation and its mission within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

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A congressional staffer takes a photo of Rep. Kathy Manning with service members during a Congressional Delegation visit to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. For many of the representatives, this was their first time at AUAB, which allowed them to directly interact with service members from their respective region. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

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Congressional delegates pose with a KC-135 Stratotanker during a Congressional Delegation visit to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. During the visit, the delegates toured AUAB and learned about the critical operations performed here, including the refueling mission that allows forward projection for the U.S. military around the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

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Congressional staffers pose for a photo in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker during a Congressional Delegation visit at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. The delegation, led by New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, the current House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, received a familiarization tour of the installation to learn more about AUAB and its mission within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. During the visit, the representatives also met with some deployed constituents, allowing members to directly interact with their elected congressional officials, and later visited Qatari officials off-base to learn more about U.S. and Qatar relations. (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

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Visitors from the U.S. House Of Representatives, alongside Air Forces Central and 379th Air Expeditionary Wing leadership, pose for a group photo outside the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. The congressional delegation received a tour and mission brief of the CAOC as part of a larger visit to the installation and host-nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dylan Nuckolls)

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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. David J. Meyer, 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central) deputy commander, provides a mission brief to visitors from the U.S. House Of Representatives at the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. The congressional delegation received a tour and mission brief of the CAOC as part of a larger visit to the installation and host nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dylan Nuckolls)

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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. David J. Meyer, 9th Air Force (Air Forces Central) deputy commander, speaks to Congressman Gregory W. Meeks during a congressional delegation at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. The congressional delegation received a tour and mission brief of the CAOC as part of a larger visit to the installation and host nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dylan Nuckolls)

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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Gerald A. Donohue, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, poses for a photo with Congressman French Hill during a congressional delegation at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021. The congressional delegation received a tour and mission brief of the CAOC as part of a larger visit to the installation and host nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dylan Nuckolls)

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U.S. House of Representatives delegation members visit Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, July 9, 2021, as part of a Foreign Affairs Committee-hosted visit to the Middle East. The delegation, led by New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, the current House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, received a familiarization tour of AUAB to learn more about the installation and its mission within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. During the visit, the representatives also met with deployed constituents, allowing members to directly interact with their elected congressional officials, and later visited Qatari officials off-base to learn more about U.S. and Qatar relations.