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Vice President visits front range for day with space

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Vice President Mike Pence greets Air Force Space Command Commander General Jay Raymond, June 23, 2017. Pence visited Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Vice President Mike Pence greets Air Force Space Command Commander General Jay Raymond, June 23, 2017. Pence visited Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence alongside his
wife, Karen, and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson land at Peterson
Air Force Base, Colo., June 23, 2017. Pence and Wilson visited Peterson AFB,
Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at
how space plays an integral role in military operations. (U.S. Air Force
photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence alongside his wife, Karen, and Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson land at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 23, 2017. Pence and Wilson visited Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --  Vice President Mike Pence visits Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations, June 23, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Vice President Mike Pence visits Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations, June 23, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Vice President Mike Pence visits Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations., June 23, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Vice President Mike Pence visits Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations., June 23, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence
speaks with Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, and Chief Master
Sgt. Mark Bronson, 21st SW command chief, during his visit to Cheyenne
Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., June 23, 2017.  It has been 34 years
since the last visit by the vice president of the United States. (U.S. Air
Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence speaks with Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Bronson, 21st SW command chief, during his visit to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., June 23, 2017. It has been 34 years since the last visit by the vice president of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Karen Pence, second lady of the United States, tours Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., June 23,
2017.  Pence visited various areas of the complex including the indoor gym, medical facility and the mechanical room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Karen Pence, second lady of the United States, tours Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., June 23, 2017. Pence visited various areas of the complex including the indoor gym, medical facility and the mechanical room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Karen Pence, second lady of the United States, tours Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., June 23,
2017.  Pence visited various areas of the complex including the indoor gym, medical facility and the mechanical room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Karen Pence, second lady of the United States, tours Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., June 23, 2017. Pence visited various areas of the complex including the indoor gym, medical facility and the mechanical room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Col. Robert Moose, 721st Mission Support Group commander, gives a guided tour to Vice President Mike
Pence and the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson during a visit to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station June 23, 2017.  As an integral part of the 21st Space Wing, Cheyenne Mountain AFS provides and employs global
capabilities to ensure space superiority to defend our nation and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Col. Robert Moose, 721st Mission Support Group commander, gives a guided tour to Vice President Mike Pence and the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson during a visit to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station June 23, 2017. As an integral part of the 21st Space Wing, Cheyenne Mountain AFS provides and employs global capabilities to ensure space superiority to defend our nation and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence alongside the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visit Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station with Gen. Lori Robinson, North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Northern Command commander, and 21st Space Wing leadership June 23, 2017.  As an integral part of the 21st Space Wing, Cheyenne Mountain AFS provides and employs global capabilities to ensure space superiority to defend our nation and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by
Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence alongside the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visit Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station with Gen. Lori Robinson, North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Northern Command commander, and 21st Space Wing leadership June 23, 2017. As an integral part of the 21st Space Wing, Cheyenne Mountain AFS provides and employs global capabilities to ensure space superiority to defend our nation and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence with his wife, Karen, greet Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, during
his visit to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., June 23, 2017.  It has been 34 years since the last visit by the vice president of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)
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CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence with his wife, Karen, greet Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, during his visit to Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo., June 23, 2017. It has been 34 years since the last visit by the vice president of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence alongside the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson greet service members and families at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 23, 2017. As vice president, this
was Pence's first official visit to Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Vice President Mike Pence alongside the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson greet service members and families at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 23, 2017. As vice president, this was Pence's first official visit to Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander, greets Vice President Mike Pence alongside Karen Pence, second lady, and the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 23, 2017. Pence traveled with Wilson as he visited Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, each falling under AFSPC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander, greets Vice President Mike Pence alongside Karen Pence, second lady, and the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 23, 2017. Pence traveled with Wilson as he visited Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, each falling under AFSPC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Air Force Two arrives with Vice President Mike Pence alongside the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 23, 2017. Pence and Wilson visited
Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Air Force Two arrives with Vice President Mike Pence alongside the Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., June 23, 2017. Pence and Wilson visited Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station for a closer look at how space plays an integral role in military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Hoffman)

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Vice President Michael Pence made history by being the first vice president to send a payload command to a Global Positioning System satellite, Friday, June 23, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. 

The command is part of the care and feeding the 50th Space Wing space professionals provide on a daily basis to ensure GPS remains the worlds premiere space-based position, navigation and timing system.

Pence visited Schriever AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, along with Second Lady Karen Pence, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Gen. Jay Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander, for a space orientation in support of the administrations relaunch of the National Space Council.

Upon his arrival at Schriever, Pence met with base leadership for a discussion on the importance of space, and how it has become a warfighting domain. Then he met with more than 120 service members at The Satellite Dish, the bases dining facility.

You direct no fewer than 175 American satellites that are crucial to our national security every day -- in weather, communications, and early warning of foreign missile tests.Every American benefits from your efforts here -- the worlds only global utility, the GPS system that's essential to our daily life, Pence said. I can assure you that you have the support of your Commander-in-Chief and of his number two and of our entire administration.You have the support of the Congress of the United States and the support of the American people that they represent.

In addition to relaying his support for service members here and across the nation in the all-volunteer armed forces, the vice president also discussed some recent newsworthy items, such as the recently confirmed promotion of Col. DeAnna Burt, 50 SW commander, to brigadier general and the relaunch of the National Space Council.

I'm pleased to report that nearly two decades after it was disbanded, in just a few short weeks the president will soon relaunch the National Space Council, and it will be my great honor as vice president of the United States to serve as its chairman, which has been a historic role for this office, Pence said.

After explaining his soon-to-be ties with space, Pence also highlighted the presidents proposed investment in the military, and specifically AFSPC.

In his first budget the Congress will take up this fall, the president called for the biggest increase in military spending since the days of Ronald Reagan -- including a nearly 20 percent increase in the Air Force space budget. We're going to fight to lead in space and we're going to put the resources of the United States of America behind you, Pence said.

Other important announcements to the military members present included President Donald Trump's signing of the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which will incentivize VA employees to provide Americas veterans with the care they deserve and hold these employees accountable when they fall short of their responsibilities.

I came today to say thank you. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your service that creates our freedom at home and our security around the world, Pence said. When I look out around this room, I have faith. I have faith that in the days ahead we will keep America safe.That we'll make it possible for America to prosper.

The visit started at Peterson AFB, and to continue their space mission focus, ended at Cheyenne Mountain AFS for a tour and briefing.

Gen. Lori Robinson, Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, had the opportunity to show Pence and Wilson the NORAD and USNORTHCOM Alternate Command Center and discuss its missions at Cheyenne Mountain AFS.

This is only the second time in Cheyenne Mountain AFS history a vice president has visited the facility. The daily mission of the mountain involves collecting information from satellites and ground-based radars from around the world to provide to NORAD, USNORTHCOM and U.S. Strategic Command.

The Vice President and the Secretary of the Air Force were educated on the complexes construction and history, along with its missions. They saw firsthand how the Airmen of the 721st Mission Support Group, part of the 21st Space Wing, maintain vigilance through the inner workings of Americas fortress.

Both Cheyenne Mountain AFS and Schriever AFB play vital roles within Air Force Space Commands mission of providing resilient space and cyberspace capabilities to the Joint Force and the nation.

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