Biden will visit Anchorage military base on 9/11 anniversary

President Joe Biden will visit Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage on Sept. 11. Biden will participate in a ceremony at the base with members of the military, first responders and families, commemorating those who died in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

He is scheduled to travel to India from Sept. 7-10 to attend a summit with other world leaders, followed by a stop in Vietnam, and will stop in Anchorage on his way back to Washington, D.C.

Biden landed in Anchorage in May for a brief refueling stop en route to the G-7 Summit in Japan but has not formally visited Alaska for an event or to meet with officials during his presidency.

Past presidents also have visited Alaska in recent years. Then-President Donald Trump spoke to troops while refueling at JBER in 2019, and then-President Barack Obama spent three days touring the state in 2015.

Biden’s trip to Alaska will come after a Sept. 10 trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, where he will be meeting Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, according to a statement from Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

A number of Biden administration officials have visited Alaska this spring and summer. Among them, first lady Jill Biden toured Bethel with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland in May. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg promoted infrastructure investments during a three-day trip in August. Senior Biden adviser Mitch Landrieu and Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau also traveled around the state in August.

 

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