VP Pence tells West Point grads to expect to see combat in the Middle East
By David Matthews
May 25, 2019 at 5:51 PM
Vice President Pence told the graduates of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point they could expect to see combat in the Middle East during their military careers.
"Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said.
The U.S. announced last week that 1,500 additional troops would be sent to the region in response to unsubstantiated threats made by Iran and its proxies.
Pence added that some of the combat might be a lot closer.
"It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life," Pence said. "You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen. Some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere."
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The 980 graduates all became second lieutenants during the ceremony held at West Point's football stadium.
The graduating class was the most diverse in the service academy's history: 110 African-Americans graduated, double the number who graduated in 2013 and 223 women, including 34 African-American women, both all-time highs, graduated.