Hargett expressed delight in being able to spend quality time with his soldiers and check on their well-being.
"I'm glad to be here at Camp Arifjan visiting our Tennessee Guard soldiers, other active duty soldiers and reservists, and to be able to see what they do, see the new equipment they've been trained on, and witness their pride in doing the things that the country has asked them to do," Hargett said.
Hargett, along with Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Breece, senior enlisted leader for the Tennessee National Guard, spent considerable time interacting with the soldiers.
They ate lunch with the troops and made a trip to the motor pool to check the status of their equipment and how it's being used in the war on terror.
"It makes me feel a whole lot better to see that our upper echelon is willing to come over here to make sure we're getting everything we need to get the mission accomplished," said Speci-alist Mitchell Allen, a motor transport operator from the Company and native of Shelbyville.
"It's good to see that they really do care enough to actually come out here." Sgt. Brad Albaugh, an engineer from the 1175th echoed those sentiments.
"It shows us soldiers that they care," said Albaugh, a native of Clarksville.
"Me personally, I wish we could see more of them, but I understand that they do have other jobs they have to do within their state positions."
The soldiers have been deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom since July of 2007 and look forward to accomplishing their mission with the support and direction of their chain of command.
"Having them come over here and show their support, especially during the holidays, shows what a really good command we have, and I particularly appreciate it," said Staff Sgt. Stephen Little, a heavy equipment transporter mechanic and a native of Bells.
Hargett praised his soldiers for what they're doing, encouraged them to keep up the good work and wished them a merry Christmas.
"It's a tremendous honor for me to be here with a group of soldiers such as this," Hargett said.