TAMPA, Fla. — Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on Thursday, July 14 to meet with servicemembers.
The visit coincides with President Joe Biden traveling to the Middle East.
VP Harris first traveled to Orlando for the 70th Boule of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. After speaking to the crowd, Harris alongside Secretary Xavier Becerra of the Department of Health and Human Services held a roundtable with Florida legislators on reproductive rights.
After her visit to Orlando, the Vice President went to MacDill Air Force Base, where she was briefed by United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) Commander, General Michael E. Kurilla, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Commander, General Richard D. Clarke, and other USCENTCOM and USSOCOM leaders.
"The Commander of U.S. Central Command plans on providing the Vice President with an operational overview of the region, highlighting the geopolitical strategic significance of U.S. Central Command; the importance of the USCENTCOM region to global energy markets; Iran as the primary destabilizing element in the Middle East, as well as concerns of violent extremist organizations (VEO's) operating in the Middle East and Central Asia," said Capt. Abigail Hammock, a US Central Command spokesperson.
Prior to the briefing, Vice President Harris met with and recognized servicemembers during her visit.