July 9, 2021

He [Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili] added that ‘we have been the largest contributor to the mission among non-member countries in terms of the number of troops participating in the mission, and we have demonstrated our support for strengthening global security together with NATO members and partner countries’.

Garibashvili thanked over 20,000 servicemen who participated in the peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.

“You defended our homeland by providing security in the world”, Garibashvili told them at the event.

Garibashvili noted the fallen 32 ‘heroic soldiers’ who lost their lives in Afghanistan and also thanked the wounded soldiers of the mission.

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Degnan participated in the event. Photograph: U.S. Embassy in Georgia.

During her almost 30 -year career, Ambassador Degnan has focused on political and political-military affairs.  She was the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires ad interim in Rome and Pristina, and also served overseas at the U.S. Embassies in Botswana, Pakistan, and Turkey.

Ambassador Degnan was the Senior Civilian Representative to Brigade Combat Team Salerno in Khost, Afghanistan, where she earned the Secretary of State’s Expeditionary Service Award, one of many awards she has received throughout her career.  Ambassador Degnan was also the Political Advisor to the four-star Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and the Political Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

In Washington, D.C, Ambassador Degnan served as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of State under Secretary John Kerry, as a Special Assistant to Secretary Albright, and as a Special Assistant to three Undersecretaries for Political Affairs, Marc Grossman, William Burns, and Nicholas Burns.