• Keeping a promise to troops he made in 2003, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived in Baghdad Nov. 16, to talk to Servicemembers about the value of the work they continue to do here. "You may not think what you are doing here matters, but it does," he told the nearly 400 Servicemembers and civilians that gathered at a Camp Victory chow hall to catch a glimpse of "The Terminator."

    'The Terminator' returns to visit troops

    Keeping a promise to troops he made in 2003, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arrived in Baghdad Nov. 16, to talk to Servicemembers about the value of the work they continue to do here. "You may not think what you are doing here matters, but it...

  • California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to nearly 400 Servicemembers in Baghdad Nov. 16. The governor said he returned to Iraq to keep a promise he made to troops in 2003, when he told them "I'll be back."

    'The Terminator' returns to visit troops

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to nearly 400 Servicemembers in Baghdad Nov. 16. The governor said he returned to Iraq to keep a promise he made to troops in 2003, when he told them "I'll be back."

  • California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke to nearly 400 Servicemembers in Baghdad Nov. 16. The governor said he returned to Iraq to keep a promise he made to troops in 2003, when he told them "I'll be back." Schwarzenegger let the Servicemembers and civilians at Camp Victory, Baghdad, know that what they are doing matters, and that those back in the United States continue to appreciate and support their work.

    'The Terminator' returns to visit troops

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke to nearly 400 Servicemembers in Baghdad Nov. 16. The governor said he returned to Iraq to keep a promise he made to troops in 2003, when he told them "I'll be back." Schwarzenegger let the Servicemembers and...

  • California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to nearly 400 Servicemembers in Baghdad Nov. 16. The governor said he returned to Iraq to keep a promise he made to troops in 2003, when he told them "I'll be back."

    'The Terminator' returns to visit troops

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks to nearly 400 Servicemembers in Baghdad Nov. 16. The governor said he returned to Iraq to keep a promise he made to troops in 2003, when he told them "I'll be back."

  • Arriving in Baghdad Nov. 16, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped to talk to nearly 400 troops at Camp Victory. Schwarzenegger spent two hours shaking hands, hugging and snapping photos with troops who, he says, have done great things for the people of the United States and the Iraqi people.

    'The Terminator' returns to visit troops

    Arriving in Baghdad Nov. 16, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stopped to talk to nearly 400 troops at Camp Victory. Schwarzenegger spent two hours shaking hands, hugging and snapping photos with troops who, he says, have done great things for the...

  • A Soldier holds a magazine bearing a photo of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, while the governor spoke to a packed chow hall at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Nov. 16. Schwarzenegger said he came back to Iraq to keep a promise he made to troops in 2003, and to thank Servicemembers for their dedication to the mission here in Iraq.

    'The Terminator' returns to visit troops

    A Soldier holds a magazine bearing a photo of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, while the governor spoke to a packed chow hall at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Nov. 16. Schwarzenegger said he came back to Iraq to keep a promise he made to troops in...

  • alifornia Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger takes a moment to pose with Maj. Richard Skultety, Multi-National Corps-Iraq joint fires and effects cell battle major,  in Baghdad during his visit Nov. 16. In a packed Camp Victory chow hall, the governor thanked nearly 400 troops for the continued dedication to the mission here in Iraq.

    'The Terminator' returns to visit troops

    alifornia Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger takes a moment to pose with Maj. Richard Skultety, Multi-National Corps-Iraq joint fires and effects cell battle major, in Baghdad during his visit Nov. 16. In a packed Camp Victory chow hall, the governor thanked...

Keeping a promise he made to troops in 2003, Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to Iraq Nov. 16, to "pump up" with them at the gym and deliver a message of thanks for their continued sacrifice and service, as well as the sacrifices their families have continued to make.

"I was here in 2003 and, before I left, I said 'I'll be back.' The Terminator always keeps his promise," Schwarzenegger said to a crowd of nearly 400 Servicemembers and civilians at the Sports Oasis dining facility on Camp Victory in Baghdad.

While speaking in the DFAC, he reminded Servicemembers to not get discouraged when questioning their purpose for being here; he also praised them for their continued dedication to the mission.

"I have asked myself many times on the way up why am I doing five, six, seven hours of training every day' Why am I on this strict diet'," he said. "But you know, in the end, you've got to fight through it and inspire each other because you're not here for nothing."

In addition to talking about the importance of not giving up, Schwarzenegger talked about what it meant to him to be a United States citizen, which resonated with some Servicemembers in the crowd.

"Being a naturalized citizen, I certainly appreciated his message about why our country is the best country in the world," said Maj. Richard Skultety, the joint fires and effects battle major with Multi-National Corps-Iraq. "That people seeking a better way of life, liberty and freedom can legally come to the U.S., work hard, persevere, become contributing citizens and prosper, just as he has done."

Schwarzenegger spoke for nearly 30 minutes before making his way through a packed aisle to shake hands, hand out cigars and snap photos with excited troops and civilians.

"Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines always appreciate the presence of a distinguished visitor such as Governor Schwarzenegger, taking time out of their very busy schedules to bond with us," Skultety said.

Bright and early the following morning, Schwarzenegger joined fitness enthusiasts at Camp Victory's Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith gym.
"You've got to pump up those muscles," he said, while spotting a Soldier who was bench pressing 225-pound weights.

Schwarzenegger is a 13-time world body building champion and is known for his role as "The Terminator." He later became the governor of California in 2003.

Before his visit to Iraq, Schwarzenegger was in the Middle East discuss renewable energy matters and security.

"I said to myself, well, it's obvious when you are that close to Iraq you go and visit your Soldiers and the great men and women who are serving this country," he said.

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