DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. --
While visiting Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia June 9, 2017 and recognizing it as the largest joint service training Reserve base in the world, Vice President Mike Pence pledged the administration’s full support of our military service members and our national defense.
The vice president brought greetings on behalf of President Donald J. Trump.
Brig. Gen. Steven B. Parker, 94th Airlift Wing commander, welcomed the vice president on behalf of the over 10,000 men and women who serve on Dobbins Air Reserve Base.
During a 20 minute address to Service members, civilians and families, he stressed that there’s no higher priority than America’s safety, and the president will make historic investments in our national defense.
“I stand before you to pay a debt to each and every one of you who have put on the uniform and served this nation,” said Pence. “You represent the unbreakable backbone of American freedom, and you have our deepest respect.”
Shortly after opening, Pence recognized Alan Hall, a veteran who joined the U.S. Navy on his 17th birthday in 1943.
Hall served in the U.S. Naval Amphibious Assault Forces during World War II and on the U.S.S. Brown DD 546 during the Korean War.
Pence also recognized the many men and women from Dobbins ARB who are currently deployed, serving in various parts of the world.
“As we speak your brothers and sisters in uniform are taking the fight to terrorists on their soil,” he said. “We want our adversaries to know that America remains ready to fight and win any contest, struggle and war where the freedom and security of the United States of America is at stake.”
After speaking, Pence met with Staff Sgt. Isaac Caleb of the 94th Security Forces Squadron, who recently returned from Afghanistan, where he served on a Fly Away Security Team.
“It was such an honor to meet the Vice President of the United States,” said Caleb.
Pence praised Caleb for performing 34 FAST missions and his work with a K-9 unit while deployed.
"Being a Reserve Citizen Airman gives me the opportunity to serve this great nation of ours," Caleb said.
Pence reminded everyone of the sacrifices military members make each and every day and insisted America is proud of everyone who has served at every level.