MERIDIAN, Miss. — The son of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has graduated from naval aviator training in Mississippi with his father looking on.
The vice president presented each graduate with a challenge coin.
Both Pences declined interviews.
Vice President Mike Pence warned the new U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates on Wednesday of the perils America faces from rogue regimes, criminal networks and terrorist groups, saying the new ensigns will be on the front lines of the threats from illegal drugs, terrorism, human trafficking and nuclear proliferation.
The class spent longer than the normal year at the base because U.S. Navy training jets were grounded for a time during 2017. That’s because pilots reported episodes of oxygen deficiency, including shortness of breath and disorientation.
Base commander Capt. Brian Horstman says the graduates are "kind of special to us because they were here twice as long."
The graduates included a pilot in the French navy.