Congressman Ron Barber presents salsa from Tucson Tamale Co. to Maj. Gen. Gregg Potter, deputy chief of staff of Intelligence for the International Security Assistance Force.

Potter previously was commander of the Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca.

Photograph courtesy of Rep. Ron Barber's congressional office.

By Joe Ferguson Arizona Daily Star

Rep. Ron Barber will be back in Tucson today after spending three days in Afghanistan talking to U.S. troops.

Barber was one of four House Armed Services Committee members who traveled to Afghanistan and Dubai over the weekend. He took a taste of the Old Pueblo with him — salsa from El Charro Café and the Tucson Tamale Company. The local businesses donated jars of salsa for Barber to deliver to service members.

“This trip to Afghanistan provided me with invaluable insight into the challenges of this region,” Barber said. “It is a major responsibility to serve on the Armed Services Committee, and what I learned in Afghanistan will be extremely useful going forward as I work to ensure our troops have the tools and resources they need.”

He toured the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, a forward operating base and the 1,600-acre Marine Corps base in Helmand province.