Vice President Mike Pence is visiting Vandenberg Air Force Base today, according to a White House news release.
Mr. Pence will first visit Lenmore today and attend a “Trump Victory” luncheon, before visiting Freitas Family Farm and speaking about the United States Mexico-Canada-Agreement, which would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Finally, he will travel to Vandenberg Air Force Base, where he will “receive briefings at the CSpOC (Combined Space Operations Center) on launch operations around the globe and deliver remarks to base personnel,” according to the news release.
“The vice president will address service members at Vandenberg, thank them for their service and dedication to space, and discuss the Trump administration’s efforts to modernize our nation’s space infrastructure and create the sixth branch of the armed forces, the United States Space Force,” a White House official said.
Mr. Pence also went on Twitter on Tuesday to say that he was “excited” to visit the base.
“Excited to visit Vandenberg Air Force Base tomorrow to further the Administration’s efforts to establish the US Space Force and deliver remarks to the brave men and women serving in our United States Air Force!” his tweet read.
Vandenberg Air Force was identified as one of six candidates for the headquarters of Space Command, which was re-established by President Donald Trump in December.
A group of California lawmakers, including Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, have pushed to make Vandenberg Air Force Base the new headquarters for Space Command. The group sent a letter to the Secretary of the Air Force in May urging the move.
After delivering his remarks, Mr. Pence will leave for San Diego, where the vice president will tour a military installation and attend a fundraiser, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.