NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Vice President Mike Pence spoke to Airmen and their families at Nellis Air Force Base about maintaining readiness, innovation and taking care of the Air Force family in an address Jan. 11 outside the Thunderbirds hangar.
“To all the men and women of Nellis Air Force Base, on behalf of your Commander-in-Chief, I came here today to say thanks,” said Pence. “I also came here today to assure you that your work is vitally important to our national security, and that America now more than ever, needs your excellence, your expertise, and your dedication.”
During his remarks, Pence praised the Armed Forces of the United States of America, hailing them as the “world’s greatest force for good”.
“From the Weapons School, where the best of the best train with our nation’s most lethal technology; to Exercise Red Flag, which gives our pilots and our allies a realistic combat experience; to the NTTR, a training range complex unlike any in the world, to the Thunderbirds, you inspire America and the world,” said Pence.
Following his speech, Pence, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein, toured the Thunderbirds hangar and museum, shaking hands with team members and their families along the way.
“It was an honor to meet the Vice President of the United States and give him a behind-the scenes look at what our team does for the Air Force,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, Thunderbird #1, Commander/Leader. “His recognition of the Thunderbirds, who represent the pride, professionalism and precision of more than 600,000 total force Airmen of the United States, was phenomenal”.
The Thunderbirds mission consists of recruiting the next generation of Airmen, retaining our highly trained warfighters, and inspiring people around the world. Along with representing American Airmen, the Thunderbirds also showcase the multi-role capabilities of one of the Air Force’s front-line fighter jets, the F-16.