Gov. Scott Walker quietly journeys to Kosovo

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker quietly traveled to Kosovo this week to visit Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers.

The governor's office says he departed Tuesday and was expected to return to the state early Friday morning. Walker spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster says the governor spent about 30 hours in the country visiting with soldiers from West Bend-based Company F, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment and Detachment 1, Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion. The troops spent close to a year in Kosovo supporting a NATO peace-keeping mission.

Webster says the units are due to return to Wisconsin next week.

Walker's office didn't make his trip public until late Thursday afternoon. Webster says security concerns prevented releasing any information before he left and while was in Kosovo.