Congressman Michael Turner

Representing the 10th District of Ohio

Rep. Turner to Visit Guantanamo Bay and Meet With Area Native in Charge of Detention Facility

Jul 24, 2008
Press Release
Mike Turner Guantanamo Bay Col. Vargo
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Rep. Turner to Visit Guantanamo Bay and Meet With Area Native in Charge of Detention Facility

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael R. Turner (OH-03) will visit Guantanamo Bay today as part of a CODEL that will tour the military base and detention facility. While at Guantanamo, Congressman Turner will visit with Army Col. Bruce Vargo, who is Commander of the Joint Detention Group at Guantanamo Bay. Col. Vargo is a native of Huber Heights, Ohio and the son of longtime Huber Heights Councilwoman Jan Vargo.

“Every time I travel to see our armed forces, I come away impressed with their patriotism and dedication to duty,” Congressman Turner said. “Though there is some question about what is the best way to detain terrorism suspects and captured prisoners, there is no debate about the extraordinary job being done by Col. Vargo and his staff.

Congressman Turner was encouraged to visit Guantanamo by Mrs. Vargo, who traveled to the base to see her son and came away very impressed by the facility and the troops deployed there.

“It seems that no matter where you go in the world, you always seem to find someone from our community doing something extraordinary,” Congressman Turner said. “I was glad to visit the base and meet with Col. Vargo and thank him for his service to his country.”