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Obama to Give Last Counterterrorism Speech in Florida

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FILE - U.S. President Barack Obama speaks after a military briefing at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, Sept. 17, 2014.

President Obama will give his final speech about U.S. counterterrorism strategy Tuesday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, the White House announced.

The base is the headquarters for the U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command, the units in charge of Special Operations elements of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Obama plans to meet with active-duty service members stationed at MacDill, including members of special ops teams who have played key roles in counterterrorism efforts during his presidency.

Since taking office, Obama has increased the U.S. reliance on special forces to address extremist threats with a limited U.S. footprint.

The visit will allow Obama to elaborate one last time on reforms he implemented to keep the U.S. safe during his presidency, as well as express his gratitude to the special operations forces, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Some material for this report came from the Associated Press.

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