HomeNewsArticle Display

Biden, wife visit troops in Southwest Asia

1st Lt. Karen, 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron officer in charge for the Sentry Aircraft Maintenance Unit, introduces Vice President Joe Biden to U.S. and coalition personnel during Biden’s visit to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, March 7, 2016. Biden endorsed Karen’s application to the Air Force Academy almost a decade ago before he accepted his current position as Vice President of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kentavist P. Brackin/released)

First Lt. Karen, the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron officer in charge of the Sentry Aircraft Maintenance Unit, introduces Vice President Joe Biden to U.S. and coalition personnel during Biden’s visit to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, March 7, 2016. Biden endorsed Karen’s application to the U.S. Air Force Academy almost a decade ago before he accepted his current position as vice president. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kentavist P. Brackin)

Vice President Joe Biden speaks with U.S. and coalition personnel during a visit to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, March 7, 2016. Biden’s visit is part of his tour of the Mideast, which began March 7, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kentavist P. Brackin/released)

Vice President Joe Biden speaks with U.S. and coalition personnel during a visit to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, March 7, 2016. Biden’s visit is part of his tour of the Middle East, which began March 7. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kentavist P. Brackin)

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Demetric, 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron base fitness program manager, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, March 7, 2016. Biden and his wife, second lady Dr. Jill Biden, shook hands and posed for photos with U.S. and coalition members before departing the base for the next part of their tour of the Mideast.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kentavist P. Brackin/released)

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Staff Sgt. Demetric, a 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron base fitness program manager, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, March 7, 2016. Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, shook hands and posed for photos with U.S. and coalition members before departing the base for the next part of their tour of the Middle East. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kentavist P. Brackin)

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, met with more than 1,000 service members assigned to the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing and their coalition partners from five nations March 7 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

Brig. Gen. Daniel Orcutt, the 380th AEW commander, and 1st Lt. Karen, the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron officer in charge of the Sentry Aircraft Maintenance Unit, greeted Biden and the second lady on stage.

Jill Biden expressed her appreciation for the sacrifices made by each service member in attendance and their families back home during her opening remarks.

“We are here for one simple reason and that’s to say thank you to every single service member and their family,” she said. “On a daily basis each of you show the world what words like service, strength and sacrifice really mean.”

Karen, a Wilmington, Delaware native, met Biden before he accepted the position of vice president, and introduced him following Jill Biden’s remarks. Biden nominated Karen to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy almost a decade ago when he was senator for Delaware.

“I want to thank Brig. Gen. Orcutt for welcoming me and my family here today,” he said. “I know your ops tempo out here is pretty high and you got better things to do than come see Jill and me, but we never pass up an opportunity wherever we are around the world to try and see our warriors.”

During his remarks, he reminded the audience, comprised of members from all branches of the U.S. armed services, and coalition partners, how valuable they were to in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“We are taking the fight to (ISIL) now, and pursuing all those who would do harm to America,” Biden said. “You are the instrument in a strategy to reclaim territory that they have taken and destroy their financial assets. We have to squeeze the heart of (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria so they can’t continue to pump their poison into the region and the rest of the world.”

Before closing, Biden stressed again his opinion of the men and women serving their country before taking time to shake hands and personally greet members of the audience.

“You’re the finest generation of warriors the world has ever, ever known,” he said. “Thank you very, very, very much.”

(Editor’s note: Last names were not included for some individuals due to safety and security reasons.)

Engage

Twitter
Bomber Task Force missions enable Airmen to continuously conduct operations globally at a moment’s notice to help m… https://t.co/RqofTathju
Twitter
RT @USAF_ACC: The @505th_CCW provided academic training while Agile Flag 21-1 implemented Agile Combat Employment https://t.co/953FEjkGNn…
Twitter
The 81st Fighter Squadron, a geographically separated unit assigned to the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Ai… https://t.co/8ujOZOemFs
Twitter
New heights Breaking their own record, maintainers and crew members surpassed 50 consecutive combat missions for… https://t.co/IvUmRKn10C
Twitter
Streamlined training improves readiness. #ReadyAF https://t.co/eJA1Ft3320
Twitter
Maintaining readiness through unique times. Airmen assigned to the 15th Wing participate in exercise Tropic Tempes… https://t.co/3uf96rwQPK
Twitter
The Dept. of the Air Force restored military tuition assistance to $4,500 per fiscal year and Air Force Credentiali… https://t.co/b1XKYHpl9y
Twitter
Modern living and educational facilities The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is leading a massive $700 million, mu… https://t.co/wMlJr5T2i3
Twitter
Demonstrating readiness and joint capabilities. #ReadyAF #AimHigh https://t.co/88gGGo3CMG
Twitter
The tools are cool, but it's the Airmen that make them go. #AimHigh #ReadyAF https://t.co/kNrKGKPJ13
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Met virtually with @Offutt_AFB first sergeants today. I am grateful for their valuable feedback on #Airmen issues and for…
Twitter
RT @PACAF: #ICYMI: Check out these new photos of fighter aircrew participating in a joint interoperability exercise in the @INDOPACOM regio…
Twitter
Air power on full display 🦅 An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from @48FighterWing during routine training. An array… https://t.co/g4vZsO5ViY
Twitter
Aeromedical evacuation missions consist of critical care transport teams executing patient movement and care.… https://t.co/rbtAum69VT
Twitter
Less downtime means the mission moves forward faster. Airmen assigned to the 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron fro… https://t.co/Yark70RZAY
Twitter
Yes, even robodog is a very good boy. 🐕 🤖 @TeamTyndall is one of the first military bases to implement “computeri… https://t.co/H1OSccLwjg
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Focus on the things that matter & the things you can control. Anything else is a distraction at best. Have a fantasti…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: COVID-19 precautions have made in-person engagements with #Airmen challenging. However, I’m grateful for the virtual oppo…
Twitter
Preparing for tomorrow's fight, today. #InnovativeAF #ReadyAF https://t.co/sKXDUgZelP
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,310,276
Follow Us