Pence serves service members during Thanksgiving visit to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
By RACHEL JONES | The Island Packet | Published: November 29, 2019
HILTON HEAD, S.C. (Tribune News Service) — For the second time this year, Vice President Mike Pence rang in a holiday in Beaufort County, as he and his wife, Karen, visited the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort Wednesday and Thursday.
The Pences toured the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 on Wednesday, according to a press release from the base. On Thanksgiving, they served meals to Marines and sailors at Afterburners, the station’s recreation center.
“@SecondLady and I were humbled and honored to be at @MCASBeaufortSC today to serve a thanksgiving meal to our amazing men and women in uniform stationed there,” Pence tweeted Thursday. “We are so thankful to everyone serving in our Armed Forces!”
The couple had just returned from Iraq, where they served early Thanksgiving meals to soldiers at the Al Asad Air Base and Erbil.
While there, Vice President Pence touched on impeachment proceedings in a discussion of military funding, according to McClatchy DC.
“The truth is Congress should have finished their work on defense appropriations months ago,” he said last Saturday. “But you all know partisan politics and endless investigations have slowed things down in Washington, D.C. ...
“In gatherings large and small all across the country, I know there’ll be a place saved at Thanksgiving tables for each and every one of you,” Pence told soldiers stationed in Iraq during his weekend visit.
“But I also know that millions of Americans—when they pause to reflect on what they’re thankful for—they’re going to breathe a prayer of thanksgiving for each and every one of you and all of the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States deployed around the world. I promise you that.”
This week, he returned to the states and Beaufort County, which he had visited seven months prior to spend Easter on Hilton Head Island.
In April, Palmetto Dunes residents, local airports and town officials got a heads-up that a “VIP” would be in town from Good Friday to Monday. Pence avoided being spotted alongside South Carolina dignitaries like Darius Rucker at the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament held on the island that week.
President Donald Trump also returned stateside Friday after visiting troops in Afghanistan for Thanksgiving. He also met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani before returning to Florida, where he will spend the weekend, according to the Miami Herald.