NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says a tour of U.S. bases in Iraq and Kuwait has furthered his "huge appreciation" for soldiers posted there.
Haslam said in a conference call with Tennessee reporters on Tuesday that there were between 30 and 100 Tennesseans at each of the bases he has visited so far.
The governor said he has been struck by the difficult working conditions in Iraq. In Haslam's words: "The working conditions are incredibly hard -- the work they're doing is difficult and dangerous."
Haslam is joined on the tour by Govs. Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Steve Beshear of Kentucky and Gary Herbert of Utah. The trip is paid for by the Department of Defense.
Haslam said he is scheduled to return to Tennessee this weekend.