Vice President Pence thanks Hawaii military for service

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Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with members of the 25th Infantry Division stationed at Schofield Barracks as he prepares to depart for Washington D.C. at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 24, 2017. Pence made a brief stop on Oahu to speak with the troops on his way from American Samoa to Washington D.C. The trip was a chance for the Vice President to lay out the administrations policies to US allies in the region, and to offer an opportunity for him to develop personal relationships with governmental and business leaders. This marks Pence's final stop after traveling to Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Michael Reeves Jr.)

Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with members of the 25th Infantry Division stationed at Schofield Barracks as he prepares to depart for Washington D.C. at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 24, 2017. Pence made a brief stop on Oahu to speak with the troops on his way from American Samoa to Washington D.C. The trip was a chance for the Vice President to lay out the administrations policies to US allies in the region, and to offer an opportunity for him to develop personal relationships with governmental and business leaders. This marks Pence’s final stop after traveling to Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Michael Reeves Jr.)

Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence expressed his gratitude to U.S. Pacific Command, Monday (April 24), for its resolute leadership, and he thanked the multi-service troops at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu for their service.

Pence stopped in Hawaii at the end of a 10-day trip to Asia that included stops in South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia.

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii — Vice President Mike Pence and Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), salute the sideboys as they are piped aboard at USPACOM headquarters. Pence’s stop in Hawaii caps off his first official visit to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region reinforcing the United States' full commitment to its security alliances and partnerships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robin W. Peak)

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii — Vice President Mike Pence and Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., Commander, United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), salute the sideboys as they are piped aboard at USPACOM headquarters. Pence’s stop in Hawaii caps off his first official visit to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region reinforcing the United States’ full commitment to its security alliances and partnerships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robin W. Peak)

 

The vice president said President Donald J. Trump asked him to come by “to tell you how grateful we all are for your service. And as he said to me, ‘Just tell them I’m proud of them.’ And I promise all of you, the American people are proud of every man and woman in this room. Thank you for serving your country.”

Rebuilding the military

Pence said that though he did not serve in the armed forces, “I am the son of a Soldier, a combat veteran who served in the Korean War. And I’m the proud father of a United States Marine.

Vice President Mike Pence poses for a photo with U.S. service members stationed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, April 24, 2017. Pence stopped in Hawaii to thank service members for "answering the call to serve our country," marking the end of a 10-day trip to Asia. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Raquel Griffin)

Vice President Mike Pence poses for a photo with U.S. service members stationed on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, April 24, 2017. Pence stopped in Hawaii to thank service members for “answering the call to serve our country,” marking the end of a 10-day trip to Asia. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Raquel Griffin)

“And so I stand before you today deeply humbled,” he continued, “because I really speak on behalf of the hundreds of millions of Americans, who each and every day benefit by the services and the sacrifices that you and your families make on our behalf.”

Pence assured the audience that in the days that lie ahead and in uncertain times, the people who serve in USPACOM will know their commander-in-chief is a president who is going to fight to rebuild the U.S. military and restore the arsenal of democracy.

“And we’re going to give our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard the resources you need to accomplish your mission for the American people. We’re going to do it,” Pence said to applause.

Large-scale spending bill

“There’s a spending bill that’s being considered as we speak. The president is working even in what remains of this budget year to begin to supplement our military spending. The president truly believes that the time has come for us to rebuild this military,” the vice president said.

Vice President Mike Pence takes a photo with members of the 647th Security Forces Squadron, Phoenix Ravens, and Honolulu Police Department at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 24, 2017. Pence made a brief stop on Oahu to speak with the troops on his way from American Samoa to Washington D.C. The trip was a chance for the Vice President to lay out the administrations policies to US allies in the region, and to offer an opportunity for him to develop personal relationships with governmental and business leaders. This marks Pence's final stop after traveling to Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Michael Reeves Jr.)

Vice President Mike Pence takes a photo with members of the 647th Security Forces Squadron, Phoenix Ravens, and Honolulu Police Department at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April 24, 2017. Pence made a brief stop on Oahu to speak with the troops on his way from American Samoa to Washington D.C. The trip was a chance for the Vice President to lay out the administrations policies to US allies in the region, and to offer an opportunity for him to develop personal relationships with governmental and business leaders. This marks Pence’s final stop after traveling to Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Michael Reeves Jr.)

The budget submitted by the president had the largest single-year increase in military spending since the days of the Reagan administration, he noted.

“It is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president to a president who cares so deeply about the men and women of our armed forces, their families and our veterans,” Pence said.

Best friend to troops

“And I know in my heart President Donald Trump is going to be the best friend the American armed forces have ever had in the White House. With that said, let me close by simply thanking you – thanking you from the bottom of my heart for being willing to step forward and volunteer to wear the uniform of the United States of America.”

Pence said it is going to be to each service member’s credit that they responded to the call of their country.

“The American people are grateful every day for those who serve around the globe – whether it be the U.S. Pacific Command or in far-flung places in the world, oftentimes separated for months at a time from your families. I want you to know that as you go, you go with our gratitude,” the vice president said.

 

Vice President speaks to Hawaii military

See the vice president’s speech to troops in Hawaii on Garrison’s Facebook page. Visit https://www.facebook.com/usaghawaii/ and see the post on April 24.

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Vice President Mike Pence waves to a crowd upon his arrival at Hickam Airfield. Pence’s stop in Hawaii caps off his first official visit to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region reinforcing the United States’ full commitment to its security alliances. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robin W. Peak, U.S. Pacific Command)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Vice President Mike Pence waves to a crowd upon his arrival at Hickam Airfield. Pence’s stop in Hawaii caps off his first official visit to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region reinforcing the United States’ full commitment to its security alliances. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robin W. Peak, U.S. Pacific Command) 

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