Release
Immediate Release

Acting Secretary of Defense Miller Travels to Afghanistan

Dec. 22, 2020

 Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller travelled to Afghanistan on Tuesday, December 22. Due to security concerns surrounding this trip, it was not announced in advance.

 While in Afghanistan, the Acting Secretary met with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace in Kabul to discuss the ongoing U.S. military support to the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces amidst a historic opportunity to achieve peace in the country.

 Acting Secretary Miller also met with General Scott Miller, Commander Resolute Support Mission (RS) and US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) to gain his assessment of the overall security situation to include the current counterterrorism and Train, Advise and Assist missions, the level of Taliban violence and the ongoing drawdown of U.S. forces.

Additionally, Acting Secretary Miller appreciated several opportunities to meet with service members at Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan (CSTC-A), RS headquarters and at outlying locations where he was able to thank them and acknowledge their sacrifice of being away from their Families during a difficult holiday season.