TAMPA (CBSMiami) –Air Force One landed at MacDill Air Force Base  in Tampa on  Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Once President Barack Obama was off the plane, he was greeted by a group of officials including U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, , U.S. Central Command Commander General Lloyd J. Austin, U.S. Special Operations Command Commander General Joseph Votel and MacDill Air Force Base Commander Colonel Daniel H. Tulley.

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The president also walked over to troops and asked, “How you all doing,” while shaking their hands.

US President Barack Obama greets military personnel upon arrival at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on September 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

US President Barack Obama greets military personnel upon arrival at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on September 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN

Before leaving the base, Obama’s motorcade stopped and he visited a military spouse appreciation reception at the Harbour Bay Community Center.

He later went back to his hotel for the night.

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On Wednesday morning, the president will visit U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) to receive a briefing from top commanders and thank the men and women that will partner with others in the region to carry out the strategy to defeat ISIL.

CENTCOM’s responsibility includes 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria.

The President will return to Washington, DC. on Wednesday afternoon so he can host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House in the evening.

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