Commencement Speeches President Trump Air Force Academy CSPAN June 2, 2019 10:36am-11:09am EDT
c-span is your unfiltered view of government so you can make up your own mind. on thursday, president trump deliver the commencement address at the air force academy's graduation ceremony in colorado springs, colorado. in the 30 minute speech, he emphasized the need for american military speech and innovation. afterward, the president shook hands with each of the nearly 1000 newly commissioned cadets. [applause]
pres. trump: thank you. you just like all of the beautiful new airplanes we are buying. it has been a long time since i have been here. at ease, to celebrate the incredible class of 2019. and you truly make us all proud. thank you very much. really great job. [applause] thankent trump: i want to secretary wilson for the introduction and her years of service.
she is the secretary of the air force at a time where we have expanded out the air force and bought equipment like you have never seen before. congratulations. thank you very much. beautiful job. and i want to thank three other remarkable former cadets, lieutenant general jay silver -- silverea, class of 1985. goldstein, class of 1983, thank you, general. great job. he does a great job respected by everybody. o'shaughnessy, class of 1986. thank you very much.
thank you, general. we are also grateful to be heighten.general john thank you very much. we spent a lot of time together talking about things. and commander of air force, space command general j raymond. thank you very much, general. space command. distinguishedthe faculty and staff, thank you for redefining a new generation of american warriors. we are also joined by many distinguished academy graduates. we salute you all. thank you thank you for being here. add to the thousands of moms and
dads and grandparents and family members beaming with joy, and that is what they are doing, they are beaming with joy. for raising american patriots. [applause] america is stronger thanks to your love and support for these incredible people, these incredible graduates. cadets, join me in paying tribute to your amazing air force families. go ahead. pay tribute. [applause]
that's beautiful. that's beautiful. without them, you would not be here. that's the way it is. that's the way it is. most of all, to the nearly 1000 cadets who i have agreed to shake every single hand. [applause] 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, they are out of here. you can shake one hand, to the one person, top of the class. 50, 100, and you could also stay for 1000. and i'm staying for a thousand. [applause] and i know we are all going to make it. no doubt about it. right? there's no doubt about it. to the nearly 1000 cadets who
will soon become second lieutenants in the u.s. air force. you could have chosen any school, but you chose a harder path, and a higher calling, to protect and defend the united states of america. i know what you have been through. and it's tougher. but in the end it's better. you will see. you will see. you will see. today, you take your places, officers in the most powerful air force in the history of our country, and frankly, easily, in the history of the world. [applause] america commends the integrity, devotion and commitment of the class of >> strong! 2019. president trump: when you choose the air force, you choose noble duty and devotion.
you choose to break boundaries, unlock new frontiers, and live life on the cutting edge. the first air combat happened 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 to dominate the future. america must rule the skies. [applause] that is what your time at this grade academy has been all about. preparing you to do whatever it takes to learn, to adapt, and to win, win, win, win so much you're going to get tired of winning, but not really. [applause] not really. we never get tired of winning. do we? no. over the past four years, that's
just what you have done. you have worked, persevered, excelled, done so many things that nobody else can do. and in the end you have come out on top. it took years, focus, discipline to get here. starting long before beast. right? you know it beast is, right? just being admitted to the academy is a monumental achievement, only one out of every 10 applicants makes the cut. out of those 10 applicants, there are hundreds that think about it, but they know they don't have a chance. so remember that. [applause] actually true. for those who are accepted, another 20% don't make it to graduation. only the best survive to the very end, and here under the
majestic rockies you have risen to every challenge, overcome every single obstacle and proven yourselves worthy of the bars that will soon adorn your uniform. [applause] you survived bct, made it to recognition, and earned your prop and wings. use sword and guidance, -- you soared in guidance piloted aircraft, and launch satellites that are now orbiting way, way above us, looking down on us. you have performed advanced research, developed new techniques, you have honed your skills as cyber operators and jumped out of planes thousands of feet above the earth. not easy. for america's airmen, this guys -- the sky is never the limit.
that being said, even the best cadet can sometimes get a little bit carried away. lieutenant general silvaria are -- has informed me a few cadets are still on restriction for pranks, and other fairly bad mischief. you know what i'm talking about. and you all know who you are. so keeping with tradition, and as you are commander-in-chief, i --eby absolving and pardon absolve and pardon all cadets serving restrictions and confinements. and that you have earned. you have earned it. so you are all on even footing, is that nice? this class has racked up a list of truly extraordinary achievers. -- achievements. two graduating cadets recently received one of the most prestigious awards in all of
academia. rhodes scholarships. please join me in congratulating cadets james brom and madison tung, please stand up. [applause] wow. thank you. it's a big fat congratulations from me. that's a tremendous job you've done. thank you. great job. on the athletic field, the air run 15 conference championships over the last four years. 153 athletes have earned all-american honors. stand up. stand up. all americans. stand up. wow. [applause]
wow. it's fantastic. congratulations. including team members anna wallbacker and spencer cap, who helped the falcons when the air national title and beat the other service academies to bring home the president's trophy. please stand up. [applause] it's fantastic. but you did not enjoy beating those other academies. not too much. and graduating cadet nick reedy became the first person from any service academy to win the college homerun derby. wow. that's a big deal. with a record-breaking 55 home
runs. nick, where are you? stand up. [applause] come here. come here. get up here. come here. come here. [applause] you know they gave him such a lousy seat all the way back in the corner. come on up. baseball, homerun derby. that is something. in all of college baseball. wow, i want to feel this guys muscles. [applause] [laughter] it's real. that's real.
that's great. thank you very much. that's a big deal. that's a big deal. the members of this class come from every background, every state of the union, and even from our allies overseas. through trial, training, and tradition you have become one family. that's what's happened. and like one family you have all been pulling for one of your classmates who has bravely fought his battle with cancer. today parker hamman graduates as a munitions and missiles officer. along with the class that has stood with him every step of the way. come on, parker. get up here. parker. come here. come here. [applause] they love you.
why do you like him so much? great job. [applause] a lot of good looking people in the school, have to say. this class personifies the spirit of confidence, 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. in processing day, you are
greeted at the base of a ramp by the statue of the legendary val bark. val grew up in a blue-collar family in massachusetts. during his senior year in high school he was recruited to play for the pittsburgh pirates. another baseball player. instead he made the same choice as all of you, the choice of life of service. that's what he wanted. he joined the u.s. air force academy. he showed up on the academy's opening day in 1955 and would be the first air force cadet in history to take the oath of allegiance. the academy proved an arduous challenge for him. it was not easy. as his roommate said, he was hanging on by a thread academically.
nobody was tested more than he was, but he was at the very top in his character and in honor. that's what his roommate said. after he finally made it to where you are sitting today. he volunteers to go to vietnam. and he proved to be one of the best 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. on that day, his 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. [applause]
the heroes and legends of any cash 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 ready to 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. [applause] you exemplify the grit, guts, and 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, character, inner strength, and the courage to vanquish any menace that dares to threaten our country or our people. [applause] we are always ready, right general? always ready. he is ready. i wonder how that will be for -- i wonder how that statement will be viewed tomorrow in the press. you can imagine. that's ok, let them think whatever they want to think. [applause] more than half of you will soon head to pilot training, where you are prepared to unleash american thunder anywhere we need. another 45 will join our
remotely piloted aircraft program, record number of you will become space operators. you will specialize in combat rescues, intelligence, missile maintenance, weather, air traffic control, engineering, and 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. [applause] we are respected again. and we are reawakening american pride, confidence, and greatness. you know that. these gentlemen know it. i tell you right now. thank you. thank you. that's very nice. and we are restoring the
fundamental principle that our first obligation and highest loyalty is to the american citizens. no longer will we sacrifice america's interests to foreign powers. we don't do that anymore. [applause] in all things and ways, we are putting america first. and it's about time. [applause] 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'm committed to keeping our military the best trained, best equipped, and most technologically advanced fighting force anywhere under the sun.
[applause] last year, against some strong opposition, which i will always have, we secured $700 billion to support our war fighters, followed by another $716 billion, with a b, $716 billion this year. that means we're delivering 56 new air force f-35's, brand-new. i asked someone on the other side, what you think of that plane, they had a problem, they can't see it. that'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 payraise for every soldier, sailor, airman, coast guardsmen, and marine in the united states. [applause] and if anybody wants to give up your raise, it's ok, we will accept that. don't do it. we are also asking congress to invest more in hypersonic weapons. we have things under development the likes of which you have never seen and which you can't even conceive. artificial intelligence, nuclear weapons and modernization, and space superiority. and as you know, we are soon
having something i started. and it started a little slow and now everyone has embraced it. space force. and you will be working with it. [applause] general, i want to thank you for helping us. it's been great, working with you has been great. whole new force. in the stadium today, many of the future leaders who will develop the doctorate of strategy and technology to restore america's legacy of 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 time for america to reclaim the ultimate high ground, and prepare our young warriors of today for victory on the battlefield tomorrow. it's a very different type of
warfare, and we are so advanced. 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. [applause] as your commander-in-chief, i want you to know that we will pursue and maintain the overwhelming strength that we need to deter any aggressor, and thrash any foe. for that reason, i'm committed to building the air force we need with the full strength of 386 squadrons. we are getting it done. it's happening rapidly. because nothing will ever strike more fear into 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. [applause] the sound of america's war planes is the sound of american justice. today receive a legacy of service and valor handed down through generations, tradition built through legends. great people. great people. they broke barrier after barrier, they innovated, and adopted to push america further, faster, and onto total victory.
it's 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 than the 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 history. you will redefine warfare at a critical time in our country's history. you will win great battles and bring our enemies to crushing defeat. you will explore the boundaries of space that keep america forever proud and free. so today, you take the controls. you are going to push it up and
chart your course across the sky. keep the wings level and true. because your country is sending you with a vital mission, to defend america, protect our people, and pursue our nations great and glorious destiny. nothing will stop you from victory. nothing will stop the u.s. air force. and with your help, nothing, ever, ever, will stop the united states of america. [applause] so i want to conclude by giving a very special congratulations to a very special group of amazing cadets and people. the class of 2019. >> strong!
president trump: 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 , everyone. thank you. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
>> ladies and gentlemen, the cadet class president for 2019, to that first-class, the summer condemned when commando, wayne first-class, medicine forb -- madison frobe. wing commander, erica barnett will present the class gift to the president. [applause] >> president donald trump, for your dedicated service to our nation, to the united states air force and to the united states air force academy, it is with
great pride that today's graduating class designates you an honorary member of the united states air force academy class of 2019. [applause] >> as tangible evidence of that honor, we accept that you accept this painting. of the united states air force academy, we present you with our class coin as a token of our appreciation area -- appreciation. [applause]
[applause] >> there's a story in politico ahead of the president's visit to london and france, the president saying that horse johnson, running to be the next british prime minister is "a very good guy." in his interview he said that he could help anybody if he endorses them and that others among the 12 candidates have asked him for an endorsement. you can read more at politico.com. the president leaves for europe days ofwith four meetings and ceremonies planned. queen elizabeth invite -- welcomes him on his first state visit and he and the queen will attend a state dinner. theresa may recently announced she would be stepping down on june 7. wednesday, the d-day ceremony at
majorouth, one of the staging points for operation overlord and the invasion of france and in the afternoon the president meets with the irish prime minister. the president is in france on thursday attending a d-day ceremony in normandy and meeting with french president mccrone. the president returns to washington on friday. >> commencement speeches continue, with representative maxine waters, talking to the class of 2019 at the university of the district of columbia. her remarks are about half of an hour.