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final weekend of the trump administration. ♪
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>> hello, strike fighter country! woo! it is great to be back in lemoore. we were here in july of 2019, and we are excited to be here and excited to see all of you and love seeing these two planes here, too. our son flies the f-35. and our son-in-law flies the superhornet. so great to be here today. it's exciting for us. [applause] you know, this is our really last official trip as vice president and second lady and there's nowhere we would rather be than right here at lemoore. [applause] so today, i get to introduce the vice president. and i just want you to know
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that he and i are so proud of your service. i have the privilege of heading over to speak to some of the spouses and tell them how proud we are of them. and we're so grateful for your sacrifice. we're so grateful for your spouses and your children's sacrifices. your family. we know that you serve together. we understand that at our house. because we have that going on at our house as well. so we're just so grateful for each and every one of you. please tell your spouses and your families, your parents, your children, how grateful we are for your service. we have made it a priority over the last four years to make the military one our top priorities, to let you know how much we care about you.
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[applause] so thank you so much for your service. and now it's time to introduce you, the vice president of the united states, mike pence. [applause] vice president pence: well, thank you all very much. and hello, lemoore! to captain doug peterson, captain aden jason kobarubius, captain bobby markovic, all the men and women of the armed forces of the united states gathered here, honored guests, thanks for the warm welcome. thanks for the flight jacket. it is great to be here with the sailors of the navy's west coast, master jet base, naval
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air station lemoore. [applause] as my wonderful wife said, it is great to be back in strike fighter country! before i begin, i want to ask you to join me in thanking someone who has literally spent the last four years showing our appreciation for people like -- [jet flies over] she's a marine corps mom. she literally has traveled the nation and traveled the world coming alongside military spouses, she supported reforms
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in the laws concerning and regulation concerning military spouse employment and you just heard in a few minutes she will be speaking to spouses right here at n.a.s. lemoore and i got to tell you, i couldn't be more proud of my incredible wife who i think is the best second lady the united states has ever seen. will you join me in thanking karen pence for all she's done for our troops and our families. [applause] >> thank you. i got to go. vice president pence: go get 'em. i'm here to deliver a very simple message. to each and every one of you. on behalf of your commander in chief, from your vice president, and on behalf of every american, thank you for your service. after traveling across this country over the past four years, i promise you, the american people are more grateful for your service than you will ever know.
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you come from the rest of us. but we know. you're the best of us and we're grateful not only do those of you who wear the uniform but as we mentioned a few moments already we're grateful to all who stand beside you. and so many of you serve every day as a family. and while you train and while you deploy, your wives, your husbands, the parents who keep the home fires burning, isn't it? and as karen said, we know what we're talking about. as most of you know, our daughter, charlotte, and our son-in-law, menry, are stationed right here at n.a.s. lemoore. and we couldn't be more proud. our son is a marine corps f-35 pilot and he and his wife are stationed in arizona. and like so many of you, they serve as a family. so as we express our appreciation to each and every one of the men and women
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gathered before me, and all you represent, how about a bigger round of applause for all the family members who support all of you who serve, the united states of america in uniform, let's hear it! [applause] inspiring to look out and see all of you today. and it's remarkable to think of the countless american heroes who have stood where we're all standing today. over 60 years, warriors have come here, trained here, gone out from here and deployed to every place and every corner of the world. this installation is the only master jet base in the united states navy and serves all operational pacific fleet strike fighter squadrons. you host 16 operational strike fighter squadrons, two fleet replacement squadrons, one
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search and rescue squadron and four west coast carrier air wing commanders and their staff . i'm actually told on average, more than 210,000 flight operations are conducted right here from naval air station lemoore every year. give yourselves a round of applause. that is an incredible history. [applause] and tradition of service. now, two air wings from n.a.s. lemoore are currently deployed. carrier air wing 11 i'm told is deployed aboard the u.s.s. teddy roosevelt. nine squadrons including the blue diamonds and the black knights, stationed here at n.a.s. lemoore, and carrier air wing 17 is deployed aboard the niments. it includes total of nine squadrons, including f-18 superhornets from here at lemoore, flown by the redcoks the kestrels and the mighty strikes. so how about a big round of
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applause for all the n.a.s. lemoore squadrons deployed around the world, we are proud of you all! [applause] you know, men and women of nflpa air station lemoore soar across the skies in defense of our nation and our freedom. it inspires us every day. and many people wonder all their lives if they've ever made a difference. you'll you'll never have that problem. the truth is you step forward, to join the armed forces of the united states, and you became a part of the greatest force for good the world has ever known. you chose to do your part in your time to defend the flame of freedom and hand it on to generations yet to come. and the american people are grateful. you know, the bible says you did not love your lives so much as to shrink from this calling.
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and i want to assure you, you have our deepest respects for the selflessness and courage that you personify every day. for four years, i've had the honor of being vice president of the united states. and since the first day of our administration, we've worked every day to make the strongest military force in the history of the world stronger still. four years ago, we inherited a military that had been hollowed out by devastating budget cuts. our troops hadn't seen a significant pay raise in nearly 10 years. our military lacked equipment at a level that was actually impacting readiness and our nato allies weren't meeting their commitments to our common defense. iran was resurgent across the middle east and a terrorist organization controlled a land mass the size of pennsylvania. i couldn't be more proud to
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stand before all you heroes today and leadership of president trump, we have rebuilt our military. we have restored the arsenal of democracy. we have enacted the largest increases in our national defense since the days of ronald reagan. [applause] vice pres. pence: we are once again giving our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guard, and guardians of the resources and support you deserve. we provided for active-duty personnel, the largest pay raise in nearly 10 years, and you deserve every penny. [applause] vice pres. pence: our military is now more equipped than ever before. under our administration, we secured nearly 500 f-35 fighters, 21 more deployable ships, with another 59 on the way.
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we have upgraded our tanks, artillery, rocket systems, bolstered our fleet of attack helicopters and broader fighter planes, as well. with that strong commitment to our national defense, and willingness to use american power to advance american security, our allies have also stepped up as never before. since 2016, our nato allies have increased their conch tribute -- contribution to our common defense by more than $130 billion. history teaches weakness comes out of people, and our history has proven a strong america deters it. our administration has always understood if you want peace, prepare for war. with that renewed american strength, we have defended this
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nation and america's vital international interests and around the world. with a few days left, i'm proud to say that this is the first administration in decades not to get america into a new war. [applause] vice pres. pence: but all along the way with that renewed american strength, we stood with our allies and stood up to our enemies. we insured peace and stability. it requires two things, strong american military and willingness to act to defend america's interests around the world. under this administration, we have done just that. we took historic steps, first to stand with our most cherished allies. we moved the american embassy to jerusalem, the capitol of the state of israel.
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we recognize their sovereignty over golan heights. and after 26 years, four arab countries have recognized israel's right to exist. and under our administration, we have taken the fight to radical islam it terrorists on our terms on their soil. during these last four years, the armed forces of the u.s. captured the last inch of territory controlled by isis, and a strike fighters stationed right here at nas lemoore were in the fight early on, hitting isis, giving terrorists no quarter, driving them from their strongholds. with the courage of our armed forces, i'm proud to report more than a year ago, we crushed their caliphate, captured the last inch of territory under the black flag of isis, and took down their leader without one american casualty.
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[applause] vice pres. pence: and we stood up to the leading state sponsor of terror. drawing from the iran nuclear deal, we strengthened our alliances in the region and isolated iran as never before. and when the most dangerous terrorists in the world threatened american forces in the region, our armed forces took action and iran's top general, because some soleimani, is gone. [applause] vice pres. pence: thanks to american leadership, a more peaceful middle east is within our sites.
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and with renewed american strength, we embrace our role as leader of the free world. whether it be in the global war on terror or manning the ramparts of freedom in europe, or the asia-pacific, the men and women of the u.s. navy have been that global force for good every step of the way. a strong and ready navy is more important than ever before. as a new american administration prepares to take office, we do well to remember as americans that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and a free and open indo pacific is important to our prosperity, security, and vitality of freedom of us the world. after generations where america and our allies defended the freedom of navigation and the interests of free nations across the asia-pacific, today, the people's republic of china is determined to expand beijing's influence across the region through military provocations and dead diplomacy.
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so i urge the incoming administration to stay the course. do what we have done. stand up to chinese aggression, and trade abuses. stand strong for a free and open indo pacific and put america and our freedom loving allies first. [applause] vice pres. pence: and i know the u.s. navy will continue to stand strong. in the indo pacific and all over the world. in the years ahead, the american people in the free world will rely on the strength of the u.s. navy more than ever to safeguard the free and open flow of commerce and our ideals on the seven seas.
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so on behalf of your commander-in-chief, let me offer you this admonition. in these challenging times across the wider world, be vigilant. mind your mission. respect the unified chain of command. take care of each other. never doubt that every decision you make, every action you take, matters to the security of the american people. give america your best every day. the american people are counting on you. because we know we can. as you stand at post, i can assure you, the american people will be behind you 100%. so as i close, let me say again, on behalf of my family and a grateful nation, thank you for
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your service. america is the freest and strongest nation in the history of the world. and you secure that freedom. and you are that strength. you step forward in a calling were you decided to count our lives as more important than your own. just like generations that have gone before, you did so knowing the sailor and the soldier do not bear the sword in vain. i want to assure you the american people understand the risk you take every day. but know this. you do not bear that burden alone. wherever you are called to serve, wherever you are
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deployed, i promise you, you will carry with you the strength and pride of this nation, and the prayers of millions of americans. there will pray in the ancient words of the psalmists that no harm will before you, no disaster will come near your tent, that as you serve here and around the world, that his faithfulness will be your shield. you are the strength and the pride of the american people. and a source of great pride to our family. and whether you serve on land, at sea, or in the skies above, just know that every day, in homes large and small around dinner tables and gatherings, and in quiet moments, the
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american people pray for each and everyone. give thanks for your selfless courage, and wish you fair winds and following seas. thank you for the privilege of being with you today. as my time in office draws to a close, allow me to thank you for the privilege of serving as your vice president these past four years. it has been the greatest honor of my life. and it has been a special privilege to serve men and women like all of you, members of the armed forces of the united states. i truly believe as long as we have men and women like you,
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with the courage and selflessness to step forward and serve, as long as we have heroes willing to put your lives on the line, as long as we have patriots willing to defend our nation, i know our country will be safe. our freedom will be secure, and the best days for the greatest nation on earth are yet to come. so may god bless the men and women of naval air station
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lemoore here and deployed. god bless you and his protection, and with that fighter spirit. may god bless all those serving in our armed forces. and god bless america. ♪♪ [brooks and dunn only in america] ♪ sun coming up over new york city ♪ ♪ still both driver in a -- town ♪ ♪ checking out the faces in her rearview mirror ♪ ♪ looking at -- at the promised land ♪ ♪ one kid dreams of fame and fortune ♪ ♪ one kid -- ♪ ♪
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one could end up going to prison ♪ >> wednesday, joe biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of united states and our nations capital. in light of the attack on the capital, the ceremony has been modified. follow our live coverage as the day unfolds starting at 7:00 eastern. watch the arrival at the capital, the swearing in of joe biden and kamala harris and the inaugural address. the inauguration of joe biden, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on wednesday. live coverage on c-span. >> next, president-elect joe biden and vice president elect kamala harris announce several members of the white house science team.

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