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Iowa soldiers keeping busy in Afghanistan

AFGHANSTAN (KWWL)-- Colonel Ben Corell is just one of thousands of Iowans serving in Afghanistan. The Strawberry Point native leads the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.

Recently, Corell and his troops assumed responsibility for the area of operations in Eastern Afghanistan.

"Our efforts are squarely focused on protecting and helping the Afghan people. Our goal is to improve security and stability conditions to begin the transitions of these responsibilities to the government of Afghanistan," said Corell.

Saturday was the day the 2nd Brigade officially took command of operations in Eastern Afghanistan.

That same day, Corell and his troops woke to a surprise visit by the President. President Obama's trip to Afghanistan is only his second trip there since being in office.

"Thanks to your service, we are making important progress. You are achieving your objectives, you will succeed in your mission," said President Obama.

Corell and his troops were honored and pleased by the President's comments.

He says morale stays high and the only complaint from soldiers would be better access to the Internet.

"These young soldiers today, when they can't use their cell phones anymore, that is a bigger hardship. They are used to that access and communication," said Corell.

Colonel Corell says their mail room has been filled with letters and care packages from family and friends. He encourages everyone keep sending.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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