President Trump and his wife Melania saluted America’s airmen at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Friday, ahead of the 70th birthday of the U.S. Air Force on Monday.

The First Lady began the event by taking to the stage and thanking “the brave men and women who wear the noble uniform of the U.S. Air Force for having us here today,” adding, “I had the privilege to visit with some of your wonderful children at the youth center here on base. I enjoy our time together, getting to know them, and want to thank everyone who helped make this visit possible.”

She went on to applaud the Air Force’s participation in the Defense Department wide response to the onslaught of natural disasters that has pummeled portions of the United States in recent weeks.  Air Force personnel took part in search and rescue, as well as preparation and recovery efforts in the wake of both Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida.

“In the wake of two devastating hurricanes, the world has witnessed your courage and compassion, and you have made every American proud.” She said.