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Vice President visits Schriever for day with space

Vice President Mike Pence, sends a payload command to a Global Positioning System satellite at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, June 22, 2017.  The command is part of the care and feeding 50th Space Wing space professionals provide on a daily basis to ensure Global Positioning System satellites remain the world's premiere space-based position, navigation and timing system. The Vice President was on base for a space orientation in support of the administration's relaunch of the National Space Council. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Vice President Mike Pence, sends a payload command to a Global Positioning System satellite at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, June 23, 2017. The command is part of the care and feeding 50th Space Wing space professionals provide on a daily basis to ensure Global Positioning System satellites remain the world's premiere space-based position, navigation and timing system. The Vice President was on base for a space orientation in support of the administration's relaunch of the National Space Council. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Vice President Mike Pence watches a video on the combat effects space operators bring to the fight and the risks of not protecting military satellites, during his visit at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, June 22, 2017. Pence also toured the 2nd Space Operations Squadron and sent a command to a Global Positioning System satellite during his visit. The Vice President was on base for a space orientation in support of the administration's relaunch of the National Space Council. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Vice President Mike Pence watches a video on the combat effects space operators bring to the fight and the risks of not protecting military satellites, during his visit at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, June 23, 2017. Pence also toured the 2nd Space Operations Squadron and sent a command to a Global Positioning System satellite during his visit. The Vice President was on base for a space orientation in support of the administration's relaunch of the National Space Council. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Vice President Mike Pence visited with airmen during a luncheon at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday June 22, 2017. During his visit, Pence spoke with base personnel on important topics such as the the Air Force Space command budget and thanked the member present for their service and dedication to duty. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Vice President Mike Pence visited with airmen during a luncheon at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday June 23, 2017. During his visit, Pence spoke with base personnel on important topics such as the the Air Force Space Command budget and thanked the member present for their service and dedication to duty. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Mrs. Karen Pence, the second lady, gives Schriever Air Force Base’s helping agencies members her perspective on art therapy during a visit to the base, Friday, June 23, 2017. Pence also met with Schriever key spouses and listened to their challenges and triumphs within military life. Pence accompanied her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, on his first trip to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Mrs. Karen Pence, the second lady, gives Schriever Air Force Base’s helping agencies members her perspective on art therapy during a visit to the base, Friday, June 23, 2017. Pence also met with Schriever key spouses and listened to their challenges and triumphs within military life. Pence accompanied her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, on his first trip to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. Heather Wilson, tours the 22nd Space Operations Squadron during a visit to Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, June 23, 2017. Wilson accompanied Vice President Mike Pence during the trip, which marked the first time a vice president has visited the base. Wilson, who has made space one of her early priorities, has now visited Schriever twice since her appointment as secretary in May. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. Heather Wilson, tours the 22nd Space Operations Squadron during a visit to Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, June 23, 2017. Wilson accompanied Vice President Mike Pence during the trip, which marked the first time a vice president has visited the base. Wilson, who has made space one of her early priorities, has now visited Schriever twice since her appointment as secretary in May. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Col. Deanna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander while Gen. John Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander, looks on during his visit to the 50th Space Wing visit at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, June 22, 2017. Pence also visited with airmen during a luncheon and witnessed 2nd Space Operation’s Global Positioning System command and control functions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Col. Deanna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander while Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, looks on during his visit to the 50 SW visit at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, June 23, 2017. Pence also visited with airmen during a luncheon and witnessed 2nd Space Operation’s Global Positioning System command and control functions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Gen. John Raymond, Air Force Space Command commander, while Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson looks on during his visit to the 50th Space Wing visit at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, June 22, 2017. Vice President Pence was given an orientation on space operations following the current administration’s re-establishment of the National Space Council.     (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, while Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson looks on during his visit to the 50th Space Wing visit at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, June 23, 2017. Vice president Pence was given an orientation on space operations following the current administration’s re-establishment of the National Space Council. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Mrs. Karen Pence, the second lady, discusses the challenges and triumphs of being a military spouse with key spouses at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, June 23, 2017. Pence also met with members of the installation’s helping agencies to learn how they overcome Schriever’s unique challenges. The visit was part of her husband’s, Vice President Mike Pence, first trip to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Mrs. Karen Pence, the second lady, discusses the challenges and triumphs of being a military spouse with key spouses at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, June 23, 2017. Pence also met with members of the installation’s helping agencies to learn how they overcome Schriever’s unique challenges. The visit was part of her husband’s, Vice President Mike Pence, first trip to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. Heather Wilson, shakes hands with Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander during her visit to Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, June 23, 2017. The visit marked the second time the Air Force’s top ranking official has visited Schriever since her appointment as secretary in May. Wilson accompanied Vice President Mike Pence during the visit, marking the first time a vice president has visited Schriever. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

Secretary of the Air Force, Dr. Heather Wilson, shakes hands with Col. DeAnna Burt, 50th Space Wing commander during her visit to Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, June 23, 2017. The visit marked the second time the Air Force’s top ranking official has visited Schriever since her appointment as secretary in May. Wilson accompanied Vice President Mike Pence during the visit, marking the first time a vice president has visited Schriever. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Wes Wright)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Vice President Mike 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 feeling the 50th Space Wing space professionals provide on a daily basis to ensure GPS remains the world’s premiere space-based position, navigation and timing system.

Pence was on base, along with Second Lady Karen Pence, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Gen. Jay Raymond, commander of Air Force Space Command, for a space orientation in support of the administration’s 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. He then met with more than 120 service members at the Satellite Dish, the base’s 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 world’s 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 president’s 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 member present included President Donald Trump’s signing of the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, which will incentivize VA employees to provide America’s 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.  “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.”

Pence’s visit started at Peterson AFB, and to continue his space mission focus, visited Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.