TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. --
As the days draw shorter and the evenings colder, we enter
the season of thanks and celebration.
These days of thanks have long been a part of our American
military history. On November 1, 1777,
the Continental Congress declared the first National Thanksgiving Proclamation.
The military even declared days of thanks during the Revolutionary War and the
Civil War as days to remember and be thankful for continued prosperity and
freedoms despite the ongoing battles.
As we enter into this season of thanks, we recognize the
incredible, rich diversity within our Air Force. So, no matter what your
celebration tradition consists of, the one thing we ALL have in common is our
freedom. The amazing blessings of liberty that those who have gone before us
fought so hard to obtain and preserve. We live in a country where we have
opportunities for personal and professional growth, and the freedom to truly be
ourselves. So now, let us be ever
thankful for our unalienable rights and liberties.
When I think of what I am thankful for, I think about
YOU…the men and women of our nation’s Air Force – our Airmen - those who wear a
uniform and those who don’t. You are all Airmen, all vital links in the
unbroken chain that maintains the defense of our nation and serves as a stern
warning to those who would do us harm that this we will defend. I am honored to
serve alongside you. Your dedication and
commitment to excellence keeps the Air Force Sustainment Center delivering
combat power for America.
My family and I hope you enjoy this special time of year
and have the opportunity to refresh and connect with others in your life.
Please always be ever mindful of all of our Airmen and their families, some of
whom might not be able to be together during this season. For many, there is no
holiday, simply another day to pick up their weapon, get in their jet, or stand
watch. They serve so we can enjoy the fellowship of those close to us.
Finally during this special season, please don’t forget
that some among us are struggling. Help where you can and always try to be a
good wingman as we should never underestimate the profound power of hope.