An Interview with Joe Russo, T&M's Senior Vice President of Executive Protection, on Presidential Travel
Presidents travel often, both within and outside of the United States. Who handles the security in the air and on the ground?
No matter where in the world the President travels, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps handle all air travel and the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) takes care of all ground travel.
Does that apply to the President’s family as well?
Yes. Both the President and Vice President are entitled to U.S. Air Force/U.S. Marine Corps support for air transportation. The President travels on Air Force 1 and the Vice President travels on Air Force 2.
Interestingly, when I was in Washington D.C. protecting Vice President Gore in 1993, we learned that his Air Force 2 aircraft was actually the former Air Force 1 plane that had transported President Kennedy’s body back to Washington from Texas. That became a very historical aircraft and I understand it is now in a museum.