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Vice President Mike Pence waves to news media after arriving at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana April 30, 2020.Pence came to Indiana to meet with local business leaders who are building ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak. (U.S Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

Vice President Mike Pence waves to news media after arriving at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana April 30, 2020.Pence came to Indiana to meet with local business leaders who are building ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak. (U.S Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing Commander salutes Vice President Mike Pence upon his arrival at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana April 30, 2020. Pence came to Indiana to meet with local business leaders who are building ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak. (U.S Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing Commander salutes Vice President Mike Pence upon his arrival at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana April 30, 2020. Pence came to Indiana to meet with local business leaders who are building ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak. (U.S Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb greets Vice President Mike Pence after arriving at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana April 30, 2020. Pence came to Indiana to meet with local business leaders who are building ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak. (U.S Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb greets Vice President Mike Pence after arriving at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana April 30, 2020. Pence came to Indiana to meet with local business leaders who are building ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak. (U.S Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

Air Force Two taxis on the parking ramp at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana with Vice President Mike Pence April 30, 2020. Pence came to Indiana to meet with local business leaders who are building ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak. (U.S Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

Air Force Two taxis on the parking ramp at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana with Vice President Mike Pence April 30, 2020. Pence came to Indiana to meet with local business leaders who are building ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak. (U.S Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

Twelve media outlets came to witness Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana April 30, 2020. Pence came to Indiana to meet with local business leaders who are building ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak. (U.S Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

Twelve media outlets came to witness Vice President Mike Pence’s arrival at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana April 30, 2020. Pence came to Indiana to meet with local business leaders who are building ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak. (U.S Air Force photo/Ben Mota)

GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. --

While the base is known for its refueling mission a recent VP reminded us that the base also serves many other missions including a safe landing area for the President and Vice President of the United States.

 

Vice President Mike Pence flew into Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana April 30, 2020 to meet with Kokomo, Indiana business leaders responsible for manufacturing ventilators during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Upon his arrival, Pence was greeted by Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing Commander and Chief Master Sgt. Wes Marion, 434th ARW command chief. In addition, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and U.S Congress Jim Baird came to the base to greet Pence.

 

In all, 12 media outlets also arrived to cover the event.

 

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. The Citizen Airmen from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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