Fwd: WH Travel Pool 13: Troop event

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From: "Memoli, Michael" >
Date: July 10, 2016 at 6:34:51 PM GMT+2
To: Jessica Allen >
Subject: WH Travel Pool 13: Troop event

Motorcade arrived at 6:39 pm at the hangar venue for POTUS remarks to service members, which are open press and being streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov.

Background from the White House:

Introducer:

Pedro Morones, Spanish Minister of Defense

Audience:

Active Duty American & Spanish Service Members and their dependents.

Background:

Naval Station Rota ("NAVSTA Rota"), known as "The Gateway to the Mediterranean," plays a crucial role in supporting the objectives and defense strategies of the United States by providing unmatched logistical support and strategic presence to all American military services and allies. NAVSTA Rota supports Naval Forces Europe-Africa, 6th Fleet and COCOM strategic priorities by providing airfield and port facilities, security, force protection, logistical support, administrative support and emergency services to all U.S. and NATO forces.

Situated on a 6,100-acre Spanish Navy base commanded by a Spanish admiral, NAVSTA Rota provides cargo, fuel and logistics support to units transiting the region; provides U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force aircraft support with a 670-acre airfield; and the largest weapons and fuels facilities in Europe, all located within a single, secure fence-line. Under the guidance of the Agreement on Defense Cooperation (ADC), the U.S. and Spanish navies work together and share many facilities.

The Kingdom of Spain is a very important ally to the United States for projecting military power into the Mediterranean, North Africa, and Middle East. We have significant shared security interests, and Spain has traditionally supported U.S. forces deployments and operations with U.S. forces departing Spain directly into international air and sea space.

NATO Ballistic Missile Defense (USS COOK, the USS ROSS, the USS PORTER, and the USS CARNEY)

In 2014, the United States took its security partnership with Spain to another level, with the agreement to station four U.S. Navy destroyers at the Spanish Naval Base in Rota.  Stationing the USS COOK, the USS ROSS, the USS PORTER, and the USS CARNEY in Rota represents a joint contribution to a core next-generation NATO mission.  These U.S. ships, operating out of a Spanish base, represent a significant joint contribution to trans-Atlantic security, and provide the backbone for NATO's defense of all European populations against the threat posed by the proliferation of ballistic missiles.

Mike Memoli
Los Angeles Times / Tribune Washington Bureau
(202) xxx-xxx-xxxx

Mike Memoli
Los Angeles Times / Tribune Washington Bureau
(202) xxx-xxx-xxxx

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