Trump speaks at US Air Force Academy graduation

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Published: 05/30/2019 06:46 PM

President Trump delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy's graduation ceremony. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York — the busin...

[ applause ] pretty happy. Thank you very much. Please you just like all those brand-new beautiful airplanes that we're buying ello air force academy. It'S been a long time since i've been here and what a place, what a place it is addie's everybody i'm thrilled to be here with all of you as we celebrate the incredible class of 2019, and you truly make america proud. You make us all proud. Thank yo ...
very much great job really great job, and i want to thank secretary wilson for the introduction and for her two years of service as the first graduate of the academy to be the very important secretary of the air force. At a time when we've reallyexpanded out the air force and bought equipment like you've never seen before so, congratulations. Thank you very much beautiful job and i want to thank three other truly remarkable former cadets, your superintendent, lieutenant general jace, ovarian, ok class of 1985 j. I thought you're a little bit younger than that general david goldfein class of 1983. Thank you, general great job, there's a great job respected by everybody and northcom commander general terrence, r shaughnessy class of 1986. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Thank you general we're all so grateful to be joined by commander of us strategic command. General john, heightened general. Thank you very much spent a lot of time together talking about things andcommander of air force, space command, general j raymond. Thank you, general space command and to all of the distinguished faculty, coaches and staff. Thank you for forging and refining a new generation of american warriors, we're also joined by many distinguished air force, veterans and academy graduates. We applauded salute you all. Thank you very much. Thank you for being here and to the thousands of moms and dads and grandparents and family members beaming with joy and that's what they're doing they are beaming with joy. Thank you for raising rock-ribbed american patriots, [ music ], america's stronger thanks to your love and your support for these incredible people. These incredible graduates, cadets join me in paying tribute to youramazing air force. Families go ahead, pay tribute, [ applause, ], [ music, ], [ applause, ], that's beautiful, that's beautiful! Without them, you wouldn't be here and that's the way. It is that's the way it is most of all to the nearly 1,000 cadets who i have agreed to shake every single hand.

They gave me a choice. They said, sir, you don't have to shake any hands. Some people do that. Those are the smart ones are out of here. You can shake one hand to the one person top of the class. You could shake ten, fifty or hundred, and you could also stay for a thousand and i'm staying for a thousand okay, and i know we're all gon na make itthere's no doubt about it right and there's no doubt about it to the nearly 1,000 cadets. Who will soon become second lieutenants in the us air force? You could have chosen any school any career you wanted, but you chose a harder path and a higher calling to protect and defend the united states of america. I know what you've been through and it's tougher, but you know what, in the end, it's better you're, gon na see you'll see you'll see today you take your place as officers in the most powerful air force in the history of our country and, frankly, and very Easily in the history of the world, america commends the integrity, devotion and commitment ofthe class of 2019. When you choose the airforce, you choose the noble road of service and duty and devotion. You choose to break old boundaries and unlock new frontiers and live life on the cutting edge. The first air combat happened just one century ago. You are the ones who will invent and define the next generation of air warfare, and you are the ones who will secure american victory all the time victory to dominate the future.

America must rule the skies, and that is what your time at this great academy has been all about preparing you to do whatever it takes to learn, to adapt and to win win, win, no wind, so much you're gonnaget, so tired of winning, but not really, not. Really we'd never get tired of winning doing no over the past four years. That'S just what you've done. You'Ve worked, you've preserved, persevered, you've excelled, you've done so many things that nobody else can do and in the end, you've come out on top. It took years of focus and discipline to get here, starting long before beast right, beast you don't know what they'll beast is right. Just being admitted to the academy is a monumental achievement. Only one out of every ten applicants makes the cut and don't forget out of those ten applicants. There are hundreds that think about it, but they know they don't even havea chance. So remember that it's true much thanks me actually true for those who are accepted. Another 20 % don't make it to graduation. Sadly, only the best survive to the very end, and here under the majestic peaks of the rockies, you have risen to every challenge, overcome every single obstacle and proven yourselves worthy of the bars that will soon adorn your uniform. You survive bct, made it to recognition and earned your prop and wings.

You soared in gliders, piloted aircraft and launched satellites that are now orbiting way way above us. Looking down on us, you performed advanced research, developed new technics. You honed your skills as cyber operators and jumped out of planes. Thousands offeet above the earth not easy for america's airmen. The sky is never ever the limit. That being said, even the best cadets can sometimes get a little bit carried away. Lieutenant general silve area has informed me that a few cadets are still on restriction for pranks and other fairly bad mischief. Do you know what i'm talking about right and you all know who you are so keeping with tradition and as your commander-in-chief i hereby absolve and pardon all cadets serving restrictions and confinements and that you earned you earned it so you're all on even footing is that Nice, this glass has racked up a list of truly extraordinary achievements through graduating cadets recently received oneof the most prestigious awards in all of academia. Rhodes. Scholarships please join me in congratulating cadets james brom and madison tong. Please stand up wow. Thank you very much.

That'S a big big fat. Congratulations from me! That'S a tremendous tremendous job. You'Ve done! Thank you. Thank you, madison great job. When the athletic fails. Air force has won 15 conference championships over the last four years, which is really something a hundred and fifty three athletes have earned all-american honors stand up, stand up, all-american stand up, wow, it's fantastic, congratulations, including rifle team members, anna wall, bakker and spencer cap who helped The falcons win the air rifle national title and beat the other service academies tobring home. The president's trophy. Please stand up, it's fantastic, but you didn't enjoy beating those other academies. I don't think so right not too much and graduating cadet. Nick reedy became the first person from any service academy to win the college home run derby wow, that's a big deal with a record-breaking 55 home runs nick. Where are you nick stand up? Come get up here, nick come here nick, you know they gave him such a lousy seat. All the way back in the corner come on a baseball home, run derby, that's something in all of college baseball wow! I want to feel this guy's muscles.

[ applause ]. It'S real, that's real! That'S great! Thank you! Verymuch! That'S a big deal! That'S a big deal! The members of this class come from every background. Every state, the union and even from our allies overseas, but through trial and training and tradition, you've become one family. That'S what's happened and like one family, you have all been pulling for one of your classmates who is bravely fought his battle with cancer. Today, parker hammond graduates as a munitions and missiles maintenance officer, along with the class that has stood with him every step of the way great go come on parker get up here, parker parker come here. Come here right come here, they love you parker. Why do you like him so much great job, great [ applause, ], a lot of good-looking people in this school? I have to say thank you parker. This class personifies the spirit of confidence and courage and unwavering commitment that has always defined the long blue line. It'S true, it goes all the way back to the very beginning to the first cadet in the air force history on in-processing day, you've greeted at the base of a ramp by the statue of the legendary val bork val, grew up in a blue-collar family in massachusetts. During a senior year in high school, he was recruited to play for the pittsburgh pirates. It'S another baseball player, but instead val made the same choice as all of you: the choice of lifeof service. That'S what he wanted.

Val joined, the us air force academy. He showed up at 4:30 a. m. when the academy's opening day in 1955, so he would be the first airforce cadet in history to take the oath of allegiance. He was thinking fast. The academy proved an arduous challenge. However, for val, was it easy? As val's roommate said, he was hanging on by a thread academically? No one was tested more than val was, but he was at the very top in his character and in honor. That'S what his roommates said after val finally made it to where you're sitting today he volunteered to go to vietnam and he proved to be one of thebest pilots. America had he was amazing. He was incredible. After nearly a year of intense action, he was scheduled to return home. He was very excited, but he asked to lead one more mission when that day, vows plane was struck by enemy fire and he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

He now rests on these precious grounds and his fighting spirit lives in each and every one of you great fighting spirit. The heroes and legends of every generation have always had to confront new perils and defeat new dangers. No one can foresee all of the challenges this class will face, but we do know that with absolute certainty, you are going to be readyto serve. You are going to be ready to lead. You are going to be aiming at the absolute highest point and you are ready to fly fight and win always win. Always you exemplify the grit, the guts and the grace that make america's air force by far the best in the world and in the words of your class motto, conquer, mind conquer all. Each of you has the sharp intellect deep character, inner strength and the titanium courage to vanquish any menace that dares to threaten our country or our people, we're always ready right, general, always ready he's ready. I wonder how that's gon na be viewed that statement tomorrow in the press. You can imagine andthat's, okay, let him think whatever they want to think more than half of you will soon head to pilot training where you'll prepare to unleash american thunder anywhere. We need another 45 will join our remotely piloted aircraft program. A record number of you will become space operators. You will specialize in combat rescues, intelligence, missile, maintenance, weather air-traffic control, engineering and much much more.

Each of you is graduating at a truly incredible time for our country, our country is doing well, our country is respected again. We are respected again and we're real wakening american pride american confidence and american greatness. You know that these gentlemen know it i'll. Tell you right now, thank you very muchthank, you very much it's very nice and we're restoring the fundamental principle that our first obligation and highest loyalty is to the american citizen. No longer will we sacrifice america's interests to any foreign power. We don't do that anymore. In all things in ways we are putting america first and it's about time. Our economy is booming, our people are thriving and our military is stronger, mightier and more powerful with all of that new aircraft than ever before. I am committed to keeping our military, the best-trained best-equipped and most technologically advanced fighting force anywhere under the sun last year, against some pretty strong opposition, which i'll always have we secured 700 billion dollars to support ourwar fighters, followed by another 716 billion, not million billion. That'S with a b 716 billion dollars this year. That means we are delivering 56 new air force, f-35s brand-new stealth, [ music ]. I asked somebody on the other side.

What do you think of that plane, a foreign leader? So we have a problem boy that we can't see it. So it's good. It'S always good when they can't see you 24 new reaper, remotely piloted aircraft, 15 new, pegasus aerial, refueling aircraft, 10, new combat rescue helicopters and a well-earned pay raise for every soldier, sailor, airman coast, guardsman and marine in the united states military. And if anybody wants to give up your raise, it's okay, we'll acceptthat, okay, don't do it! We'Re also asking congress to invest more and hypersonic weapons. We have things under development, the likes of which you've never seen the likes of which you can't even conceive artificial intelligence. Nuclear weapons and modernization and space superiority and we're soon having, as you know, something that i started and it started a little slow and now everybody's embraced it space force and you're gon na be working in general. I want to thank you for helping us so much. It'S been really great. Working with you has been great whole new force in this stadium. Today are many of the future leaders who will develop the doctrine, strategy and technology to restore america's legacyof leadership in space. As you know, other nations are moving aggressively to weaponize space with new technologies that can disrupt vital communications and blind satellites that are critical to our battlefield operations. It is a time for america to reclaim the ultimate high ground and prepare our young warriors for today for victory on the battlefield tomorrow, it's a very different battlefield, it's a very different type of warfare, but we are so advanced and when you see what's coming, you Won'T even believe it, and hopefully you know what.

Hopefully, we never have to use it: peace through strength, peace through strength as your commander-in-chief. I want you to know that we will pursue and maintain the overwhelmingstrength. We need to deter any aggressor and thrash any foe. For that reason, i am committed to building the air force. We need with the full strength of three hundred and eighty six squadrons and we're getting it done it's happening rapidly, because nothing will ever strike more fear in the hearts of our enemies or inspire more confidence. In our friends than the roaring engines of american fighter jets flown by the greatest pilots on the planet earth by far you, the sound of american war pace is the righteous sound of american justice. Today you inherit a legacy of service and valor handed down through generations. It'S a tradition built by legends like rickenbacker, doolittle, wagonarcher, boyd, yeager, sergeant, grissom and chapman great people, great people, these trailblazers broke barriers after barrier and they innovated and adopted to push america further faster and on to total victory. It is the same spirit embodied by your class exemplar, neil armstrong, who started out flying jets over korea and 50 years ago. This summer planted our great american flag on the face of the moon, just like all of the aces of our past and the heroes of our history. They were ready to lead when america needed them most and so is every cadet who graduates today. Is that correct? I think so you are the patriots whose names will go down in air force.

Historyyou will redefine warfare at a very, very critical time in our country's history, you'll win great battles and bring our enemies to crushing defeat. You will explore the boundaries of space and keep america forever proud and forever free. So today you take the controls you're going to push it up and chart your course across the sky, keep the wings level and true because your country is sending you on a vital mission to defend america, protect our people and to pursue our nation's great and glorious Destiny, nothing will stop you from vic. Nothing will stop the us air force and, with your help, nothing ever ever will stop the united states of america. So i wantto conclude by giving a very special congratulations to a very special group of amazing cadets and people. It'S the class of 2019 on behalf of our nation. God bless you, god bless the air force and god bless america. This is a great honor being with you. Thank you and congratulations. Everybody. Thank you. [ applause, ].

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