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President Donald J. Trump arrives on Air Force One to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. Joint Base Langley-Eustis provides mission ready Airmen and Soldiers who deploy at a moment’s notice to support combatant commanders engaged in expeditionary, joint and coalition operations world-wide.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks)

President Donald J. Trump arrives on Air Force One to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. Joint Base Langley-Eustis provides mission ready Airmen and Soldiers who deploy at a moment’s notice to support combatant commanders engaged in expeditionary, joint and coalition operations world-wide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Daylena S. Ricks)

President Donald J. Trump arrives on Air Force One to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. Joint Base Langley-Eustis provides mission ready Airmen and Soldiers who deploy at a moment’s notice to support combatant commanders engaged in expeditionary, joint and coalition operations world-wide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)  

President Donald J. Trump arrives on Air Force One to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. Joint Base Langley-Eustis provides mission ready Airmen and Soldiers who deploy at a moment’s notice to support combatant commanders engaged in expeditionary, joint and coalition operations world-wide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kimberly Nagle)  

Service members and their families make their way to the Langley Air Force Base flightline to greet U.S. President Donald J. Trump at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2016. The president arrived and departed from the flight line of the 1st Fighter Wing, the U.S. Air Force’s premiere air dominance wing led by next generation Airmen, who fly, maintain and support one third of the U.S. Air Force's combat F-22 Raptors.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

Service members and their families make their way to the Langley Air Force Base flightline to greet U.S. President Donald J. Trump at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2016. The president arrived and departed from the flight line of the 1st Fighter Wing, the U.S. Air Force’s premiere air dominance wing led by next generation Airmen, who fly, maintain and support one third of the U.S. Air Force's combat F-22 Raptors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard)

President Donald J. Trump arrives on Air Force One to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. Joint Base Langley-Eustis  provides mission ready Airmen and Soldiers who deploy at a moment’s notice to support combatant commanders engaged in expeditionary, joint and coalition operations world-wide.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Bell)

President Donald J. Trump arrives on Air Force One to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. Joint Base Langley-Eustis provides mission ready Airmen and Soldiers who deploy at a moment’s notice to support combatant commanders engaged in expeditionary, joint and coalition operations world-wide. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Bell)

President Donald J. Trump is greeted by Maj. Gen. John K. McMullen, Air Combat Command vice commander, Col. Caroline Miller, 633rd Air Base Wing commander, and Col. Peter Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing commander at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. The 633rd ABW is the host wing to 24,000 Airmen, Soldiers and civilians who support 11 major units, one of which is the 1st FW, whose mission is to deliver stealth, combat airpower world-wide on short notice to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Bell)

President Donald J. Trump is greeted by Maj. Gen. John K. McMullen, Air Combat Command vice commander, Col. Caroline Miller, 633rd Air Base Wing commander, and Col. Peter Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing commander at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. The 633rd ABW is the host wing to 24,000 Airmen, Soldiers and civilians who support 11 major units, one of which is the 1st FW, whose mission is to deliver stealth, combat airpower world-wide on short notice to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Bell)

President Donald J. Trump is greeted by Maj. Gen. John K. McMullen, vice commander, Air Combat Command, Col. Caroline Miller, 633rd Air Base Wing commander, and Col. Peter Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing commander at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. The 633rd ABW is the host wing to 24,000 Airmen, Soldiers and civilians who support 11 major units, one of which is the 1st FW, whose mission is to deliver stealth, combat airpower world-wide on short notice to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Bell)

President Donald J. Trump is greeted by Maj. Gen. John K. McMullen, vice commander, Air Combat Command, Col. Caroline Miller, 633rd Air Base Wing commander, and Col. Peter Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing commander at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 2, 2017. The 633rd ABW is the host wing to 24,000 Airmen, Soldiers and civilians who support 11 major units, one of which is the 1st FW, whose mission is to deliver stealth, combat airpower world-wide on short notice to combatant commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Bell)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --

President Donald J. Trump greeted a crowd of service members, their families and friends as he made his first official visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis and the Tidewater military community March 2.

Trump was welcomed by Maj. Gen. John K. McMullen, Air Combat Command vice commander; Col. Caroline M. Miller, 633rd Air Base Wing commander; and Col. Pete M. Fesler, 1st Fighter Wing commander.

Trump was accompanied by the Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Shortly after their arrival, both Trump and Mattis boarded Marine One for a short helicopter ride to the Newport News Shipyard for a tour of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the newest class of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers.

Trump’s visit comes following the release of the administration’s 2018 budget proposal, which included a $54 billion increase to the Department of Defense budget.

According to the 2016 JBLE economic impact analysis, the installation generated $2.1 billion in economic impact, including more than $470 million of annual job creation value. 

“Joint Base Langley-Eustis is a strategic hub for national defense, right here in Hampton Roads.  The 633rd Air Base Wing is an Air Force-led mission support wing which serves more than 60 U.S. Air Force and Army units.  Joint basing promotes and fosters a more cohesive operational partnership between the Air Force and Army while preserving mission capabilities and unique service identities,” Miller said. 

"As America's vanguard air dominance provider, the 1st Fighter Wing delivers F-22 Raptor airpower worldwide. As the oldest wing in the Air Force, the 1st FW continues its tradition to air superiority which began in World War I and continues with current fifth-generation operations across the global spectrum of conflict.  Anytime we can showcase our first-class raptor fleet to the president and his staff, we're proud to do so," Fesler said.

The city of Hampton is home to a higher percentage of military veterans than any other U.S. city according to census data.