Senator Ted Cruz returned home today from his first visit as senator to Afghanistan and Israel.

In a statement released this morning, Cruz’s office announced that he and four other Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, met with U-S military personnel on the ground in Afghanistan.

U.S. combat troops are scheduled to leave the country by the end of 2014.  The purpose of the weekend visit was to talk about the political, economic, and security issues on the ground and get an update on the training of Afghan forces. 

Cruz’s office said in addition to visiting with U.S. troops, the Senator also met with Major General Larry Nicholson and General John Allen.

Cruz, McConnell, and the rest of the delegation also visited Israel, where they met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.