US soldiers from First Batallion, 32nd infantry Regiment 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain division patrol in Kunar on December 14, 2009. US President Barack Obama vowed December 10 that Afghanistan would not become a 'permanent protectorate' of the United States as he defended his decision to begin withdrawing US forces in July 2011. In a December 1 speech announcing he would send 30,000 more US troops to the war, Obama named a date for a drawdown to begin but he has not stated a deadline for completion of the withdrawal. AFP PHOTO/Tauseef MUSTAFA (Photo credit should read TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)
Gorell, a lieutenant commander in the Navy reserve who was elected to the legislature last fall, is being deployed to Afghanistan. The Sacramento Bee, which noted that Gorell was one Republican whom Gov. Brown had courted (and who will now be unavailable to vote), has details here on how Gorell has arranged to cover his legislative duties while he's gone. Come back home safe and soon, Jeff.