Remarks by Vice President Harris earlier than Briefing from CENTCOM and SOCOM Leaders

MacDill Air Power BaseTampa, Florida THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Effectively, good afternoon, everybody.  I’m very a

MacDill Air Power Base
Tampa, Florida

THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Effectively, good afternoon, everybody.  I’m very a lot wanting ahead to our dialogue.  And I’m very happy to be right here on the bottom with you, who’ve been doing extraordinary work on so many ranges. 
I used to be — all that I — that I like in regards to the service, the dedication, the self-discipline, and the ability that our women and men apply to this work was strengthened with the short go to that I simply had out within the hangar.  And so, I wish to thank everybody right here for what you do daily. 
We’re right here to spotlight and to — to uplift with reward the work of CENTCOM and SOCOM.  This work is essential to our nationwide safety. 
As we all know, the President is abroad proper now within the Center East.  And there’s a lot about what occurs via the management right here on the bottom that enables us to strengthen and strengthen our partnerships across the globe and reinforces our dedication to worldwide guidelines and norms and America’s willingness and preparedness to uphold and defend these worldwide guidelines and norms. 
So, I’m right here to talk with these leaders — particularly, Normal Kurilla and Normal Clarke.  And I wish to thanks each for internet hosting us at the moment. 
America Army, with none query definitely in my thoughts or the President’s thoughts and within the thoughts of the American individuals, is the strongest and the perfect combating pressure on this planet. 
If you take a look at the work that occurs excellent right here, you will note extraordinary work that’s about dedication, self-discipline, the constructing and strengthening of abilities, and simply sheer dedication to defending our nation and the ideas upon which we have been based. 
And so, I’m right here to speak with the leaders right here to debate the missions which can be presently lively across the globe and to speak with them about what is likely to be crucial when it comes to the extra help and sources that they should do their job and full their mission. 
 I additionally am right here to precise gratitude not solely to the service members however to their households.  Particularly, the oldsters who work out of CENTCOM and SOCOM are supported by great households who dedicate a lot of their lives to permit their member of the family to function they do for our nation. 
So I’m right here to reward, once more, the work that’s being carried out by all of those of us.  I additionally wish to point out that partic- — particularly, concerning the work of CENTCOM, President Biden, being within the Center East, is there to additionally make it possible for we’re clear in regards to the position and the accountability the USA performs in that area of the world, with an emphasis on many factors, together with our enduring relationship in help of our allies and buddies and companions in Israel. 
His go to can also be about emphasizing the work that’s taking place via CENTCOM that strengthens the relationships that we now have in that area of the world. 
CENTCOM’s work additionally straight advantages the American individuals, along with guaranteeing that all the values we care about when it comes to our safety are upheld. 
CENTCOM’s work contains defending business transport lanes and power sources that People depend on and — on this second once we know that commerce and the — the lively skill of us to have interaction in commerce is one thing that straight impacts the American individuals the place they reside and the way they reside. 
Concerning SOCOM, this yr we rejoice the thirtieth — thirty fifth, excuse me, anniversary of its founding. 
THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Sure.  (Laughter.)
And we name the Particular Operations Forces our “quiet professionals” for a motive.  They do massive work.  They by no means search for reward or acknowledgement.  However the work they will we take without any consideration.  Generally we don’t see, however we certainly profit from it. 
And so, I’m right here to additionally speak in regards to the work that’s taking place within the frontlines on our continued battle towards terrorism all over the world and the work that SOCOM does to make sure that America’s pursuits are effectively served, together with at this second throughout Russia’s unprovoked aggression and the warfare in Ukraine, the place the women and men of this division have been doing the work that they do across the globe, together with coaching the forces which can be the forces of our allies and, particularly, the Ukrainians of their battle to protect their sovereignty and territorial integrity.
So collectively, CENTCOM and SOCOM advance our nationwide safety pursuits and defend and strengthen our worldwide rules-based order. 
And with that, I’ll conclude by saying to all right here how a lot we respect you daily.  I discussed to the oldsters that I used to be with within the hangar: We discuss you guys on a regular basis once we’re sitting within the Scenario Room or within the Oval Workplace, speaking about America’s accountability not solely to the residents of our nation however to our buddies and allies all over the world.  We discuss you, as a result of we couldn’t observe via on something that we do within the context of these relationships and priorities have been it not for what you all are doing right here on the bottom. 
So, thanks.  And your mission stays critically essential to the President, to me, and to our nation. 
And with that, I thank the press.  I’ll see you all later. 

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