Tuesday, November 28, 2023

First Lady Melania Trump visits Hampton Roads

First Lady Melania Trump visited Joint Base Langley-Eustis Wednesday morning and thanked U.S. service members for their efforts.

Trump and Patrick Shanahan, deputy secretary of defense, met with soldiers from the base and local school children, according to a news release from JBLE.

“She came, said a few words and then left,” said Airman Anthony Nin, who works as a photojournalist at the base and was working the front desk of JBLE’s public affairs office this morning.

She noted that many in the crowd had just returned home from deployment. Some had been responding to natural disasters such as Hurricane Michael.

In addition, Trump will take a tour of the F-22 Raptor, according to the news release.

Cmdr. Dave Hecht, spokesman from Naval Air Force Atlantic, Trump will also visit the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier in Norfolk.

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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