Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Monday after visiting troops deployed to the southern border he is satisfied with their training there, according to The Hill.
Inhofe visited the troops during the Senate spring recess and as the Pentagon plans more border deployments.
“I’ve been concerned about taking our troops out and putting them in areas that are not really the same thing they are normally accustomed to doing. Well, I was wrong about this,” he said. “Down here, the things that they would be doing on the border are very much the same things they would be doing in Afghanistan in terms of security.”
Inhofe, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, has backed the border deployment while earlier acknowledging he had concerns about military readiness.
Inhofe later said he wants language in the National Defense Authorization Act recognizing the border deployments as “very effective” training in lieu of training “artificially” at bases.
DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann