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The Rhodes Ahead: Second Anniversary of the End of the Combat Mission in Iraq

Summary: 
Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes sits down to discuss what to expect from the upcoming speech the President will deliver to service members at Fort Bliss.

On August 31, 2010, President Obama traveled to Fort Bliss to mark the end of the combat mission in Iraq. On Friday, two years later, President Obama will return to Fort Bliss.

Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes sat down to discuss what to expect from the speech the President will deliver to service members there about winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our nation’s obligation to stand by those who fought and their families, and the ways his administration is delivering on that obligation as troops transition back to civilian life.

Watch the Rhodes Ahead: Second Anniversary of the End of the Combat Mission in Iraq here.

To mark two years since the end of combat in Iraq, and with troops still serving in Afghanistan, take a moment to show your support for those that serve and their families. Here’s how you can participate.


For more information:

  • Visit Joining Forces, the First Lady and Dr. Biden's initiative that connects service members and their families with the resources they need to find jobs at home
  • Explore this interactive timeline about the Iraq War