President Barack Obama took time out of his Hawaii vacation to thank the U.S. military for their service.
“This is one of our favorite things to do because it’s one of those circumstances where you get a chance to not just say thank you to our incredible men and women in uniform, but oftentimes we also get a chance to see some families,” Obama said at the Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii, reports The Wall Street Journal.
“I just want all of you to know that it has been the privilege of my life to serve as your commander in chief,” Obama continued, with first lady Michelle Obama at his side. “I know Michelle feels the same way when it comes to being able to stand alongside our military families and our veterans.”
In what is expected to be his last address to active military troops as president, Obama delivered some jokes, too.
“We look forward to seeing you for many years to come because I understand that I still have a little bit of rank as ex-president,” he said. “So I still get to use the gym on base and, of course, the golf course.”
During Obama's time as president, the U.S. military has conducted operations in at least seven countries, including Somalia, according to the New York Times.
“It’s impossible for us to fully repay what you’ve done and the sacrifices that you’ve made, but at least it’s important to hear from us that what you do matters,” he said. “And although this will be my last time addressing you as president, I want you to know that as a citizen my gratitude will remain and our commitment to standing by you every step of the way -- that won’t stop.