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Las Vegas, NV – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) joined Vice President Mike Pence at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, NV and at the grand opening of AFwerX Vegas, a new program that brings together the Air Force, entrepreneurs, and innovators to improve Air Force capabilities. The excerpts below highlight the media’s coverage of the events.


Channel 3 Las Vegas
Jeff Gillan

"It's a program that will connect the next generation of American problem solvers to Air Force decision makers," said Vice President Mike Pence, making his first visit to Las Vegas since just after the mass shooting of October first.

Pence came here to “AFWERX", the Air Force’s new hub where the tech industry and academia can come, pitch ideas, and maybe help America stay safer.

This 30 thousand square foot facility opened Thursday at the Howard Hughes Center. It's the Air Force's first, and it's no accident it’s in Las Vegas:

Nellis is nearby, and UNLV is around the corner.

"Well, it's important because we have a lot of enemies out there. And the idea is that we need to bring technologies and ideas in quicker and get them implemented," says AFWERX's Lt. Col. Dave Harden.

On this Thursday, you could see AFWERX in action. In one of its rooms stood Matthew Fannon, the CEO of the local company Immersive Experiential. He was demonstrating his immersive 3D tent that would let Air Force commanders get a view of the whole battlefield.

"Well, really, it's access to the Air Force and the military that a private company normally wouldn't have," Fannon told me.

Today, the Vice President gave a shout out to a guest as he was beginning his remarks.

"A great champion of our armed forces, a friend of mine from our days in Congress, and a tenacious advocate for everything about Nevada, Senator Dean Heller," Pence said, motioning to the front row where Heller sat.

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Pence joins Heller, Laxalt on Las Vegas visit to tech incubator

Las Vegas Sun
Yvonne Gonzalez

Las Vegas is now home to an Air Force innovation hub that celebrated its grand opening today with the help of Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence joined Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., in addressing service members at AFWERX Vegas, a newly opened storefront military technology development program near UNLV.

The visit to the facility came as Heller battles primary opponent Danny Tarkanian, who has attacked Heller for what he says is a lack of support for President Donald Trump and his policies.

Laxalt and Heller are both facing elections this year.

Laxalt is seeking to fill the governor’s seat when he is termed out, and Heller is vying to keep his party’s nomination and retain his seat in the Senate.

Pence thanked Laxalt and Heller for attending.

Pence mentioned Heller during his remarks, noting the senator’s “strong support” for a bill Trump signed to “provide for one of the largest increases in military spending in American history.”

The AFWERX facility is intended to bring service members, business leaders and academic experts together to solve problems.

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Pence offers prayers, pep talk at Nevada base

KOLO News 8

Vice President Mike Pence offered prayers and a pep talk to military service members during a brief speech at Nellis Air Force Base outside Las Vegas.

Vice President Mike Pence listens to Nevada Sen. Dean Heller in a photograph tweeted by Heller's office.

In comments Thursday from a podium outside a hangar for the Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, Pence told more than 1,000 camouflage-clad troops that President Donald Trump "has your back."

Pence drew applause when he said that under Trump, the era of armed forces budget cuts is over.

He says America now more than ever needs military excellence, expertise and dedication.

Pence earlier visited a newly opened Air Force testing, tactics and training development program near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Mike Pence touts innovation project in Las Vegas visit

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Colton Lochhead

Vice President Mike Pence touted innovation and national defense in a pair of Air Force-oriented events Thursday in Las Vegas.

Pence’s first appearance was for the grand opening of the Air Force’s AFwerX “innovation hub,” where tools and resources will be brought together under one roof — a 30,000-square-foot space in the Hughes Center, near UNLV — for ideas to flourish.

“If you have a good idea and want to pitch it to the Air Force, we’ll give you access,” Pence said to the group of about 110 people, comprised mostly of military.

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., then introduced Pence at a Nellis Air Force Base event, which was launched with a flyover from the 6th and 433rd Weapons Squadrons that are stationed at the base.

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VP Pence visit boosts Air Force program in Las Vegas

Channel 8 Las Vegas
Caroline Bleakley

LAS VEGAS - Vice President Mike Pence stopped by a new, high-tech facility for the military during his visit to Las Vegas Thursday.

His visit highlight an industrial entrepreneurship program at AFWERX Vegas where he took some time to speak to the workers.

Pence was traveling with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.

Pence appeared with Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller at AFWERX, a nonprofit work space that opened last summer in a business park near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The program is designed to draw technology ideas from public, academic, small business and industry sources.

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