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Posted at 01:30 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Obama to visit military base


President Barack Obama waves as he leaves John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011, after visiting Ground Zero. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams) (Henny Ray Abrams - AP)
Completing days of activity surrounding the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Obama will Friday head to Fort Campbell, Ky, a military base that is home to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The unit provided the helicopters that supported the team of Navy SEALS that executed the operation.

The president also could meet privately with SEALS who actually completed the mission, although White House officials would not confirm that.

The appearance will give Obama a chance to speak about both the bin Laden mission and the broader war in Afghanistan. Some soldiers from the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, which is based in Fort Campbell, returned from their deployment to Afghanistan earlier this week. (Read Post writer Greg Jaffe’s excellent account of the soldiers' reaction to the bin Laden news.)

Obama is expected to give a formal speech at the base, and the event is likely to be more celebratory than his solemn appearance at Ground Zero on Thursday.

Before his trip to Kentucky, the president will stop in Indianapolis for a long-scheduled appearance to visit Allison Transmission, a company that makes transmission for hybrid cars. He will speak about the economy there.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  01:30 AM ET, 05/06/2011

 
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