South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan was with a group of lawmakers touring an air base in Afghanistan this past week when a rocket attack hit near the base.
“It wasn’t that big of a deal. We were on the tarmac in Kandahar, getting ready to fly back up to Kabul, and had a rocket attack come in,” He told Greenwood affiliate WLMA, “I was up in the cockpit of the C-130 with the pilot and the co-pilot talking with them, when the rocket attack happened. They didn’t seem too alarmed…so my senses came back down a little bit.”
AUDIO: Duncan talks about his trip with WLMA’s Anne Eller (8:34)
The group included Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Rep. Gene Green (D-Houston) Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo), and Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania). Duncan told WLMA host Anne Eller that, even though he was never in real danger, he was still nervous when he heard the rockets hit nearby.
“I definitely sat up straight in the seat. I was ready to head to a shelter. But, (they) actually had an engine they were working on, and one of the crewmen stuck his head up and said ‘do we want to keep him on the plane or do we want to take him to a shelter?’ And the pilot said ‘no, let’s just keep him on the plane’, and he went back to filling out some paperwork. They weren’t too alarmed.”
Duncan said the group was visiting Afghanistan so they could learn more about the challenges facing American troops there. He said he was afraid a decision by the Obama Administration earlier this year to withdraw troops from the country earlier than planned would hurt the mission there.
The group also visited Iraq, Pakistan, and the Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany.
Greenwood affiliate WLMA’s Anne Eller contributed to this report