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Vice President Mike Pence to visit Fort Drum, welcome home soldiers

Vice President Mike Pence poses for a picture with soldiers in Afghanistan, Dec. 2017. (US Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kellen Stuart, TF Falcon, 3CAB Public Affairs)

Vice President Mike Pence plans to visit Fort Drum on Sunday where he will welcome home 10th Mountain Division soldiers returning from Afghanistan to the Army base in Northern New York, the White House said.

The White House said Pence will be accompanied on the trip by his wife, Karen. He will address the soldiers, but no time has been disclosed for his speech.

The Fort Drum visit comes after Trump ordered a draw down of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan late last year, with a plan to reduce the U.S. military presence from a force of about 5,000 to 2,500. Republicans in Congress opposed the decision to unilaterally draw down troops.

The 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum has been the most deployed unit in the Army since the start of the war in Afghanistan, with some of its combat brigades serving multiple tours of duty over the years.

Pence will visit Northern New York only days before leaving office. Joe Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

Pence began his weekend tour on Saturday, with a visit to Naval Air Station Lemoore in California.

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