WASHINGTON – Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg will travel to the Netherlands this week to lead presidential delegation to the Invictus Games, an international sports competition for wounded veteranUS officials told NBC News.
Buttigieg and his husband, Chasten Buttigieg, will be at The Hague for the event, which Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are also attending. The secretary will attend the opening ceremony and speak at the team USA welcome event.
It is the second international trip on behalf of the Biden administration of Buttigieg, who has sought to enhance his foreign policy prowess as he considers whether to run for president again in the coming years. In November, Buttigieg traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to attend the United Nations climate summit COP26.
Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games, first held in 2014, to support and help rehabilitate members of the military who are injured, injured or struggling with illness. Prior to running for president in 2020, Buttigieg was deployed to Afghanistan as a Navy Reserve officer while he was serving as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
The Invictus game takes place every two years, but the 2020 game has been postponed due to Covid-19.
Senators Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Donald Remy will also join the US delegation to the games, along with Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones and Rory Brosius, who run the chapter. submitted to the White House Enrollment Force to support military families.
Duckworth, who was a captain in the National Guard, lost both her legs and part of her right arm when her helicopter was shot down over Iraq in 2004.
Buttigieg is expected to return to the US after the opening game on Saturday. He will make one transportation-related stop while in the Netherlands: Officials say he will visit the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest seaport, on the North Sea.