May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Through a variety of events every year, people across the United States celebrate National Military Appreciation Month. As the home of the United States Navy’s Fifth Fleet, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all American service members for their service to protect freedom and liberty around the world.
Bahrain opened its doors to the American military in the aftermath of World War II and our cooperation has only grown over time. Today, Bahrain is home to over ten thousand permanently stationed American military personnel and tens of thousands more travel to Bahrain each year. All Bahrainis feel that the American military base in Juffair is an integral part of society and we are grateful for the sacrifices these service members make for our common defense.
This month, Bahrain will participate in region-wide drills led by the American Navy in the Arabian Gulf. At uncertain times like these, the importance of our continued military partnership cannot be understated.