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Celebrating America’s Pursuit of Progress

Tomorrow we will join as a nation in a common celebration of our country’s independence.  We have many observances and holidays throughout the year, but the Fourth of July is one that is particularly unifying for all Americans.  It is our opportunity to celebrate not only that defining moment on July 4, 1776, when 56 men put their names to the Declaration of Independence and birthed a nation, but every American accomplishment that moment made possible.

With sovereignty comes the freedom to pursue progress.  And that we did.  From the cotton gin to the automotive assembly line, American inventions have changed the world.  Even the aerospace sector got off the ground in the United States – literally – when the Wright Brothers invented aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.  With that epic achievement began a movement that we in the Air Force Sustainment Center continue today.

It is important to remember that all of the business we do in a day – repairing aircraft, executing contracts, supplying parts and many other things - we do in defense of a nation who fought mightily for independence.  Our job is to sustain it.

This year, as you celebrate with friends and family, know that you are the fiber of American progress.  By doing your part to generate combat power for our country, you are keeping your fellow Americans safe and I thank you for that.

As you celebrate the 4th, please know your safety is important too.  However you plan to celebrate please be safe and aware of the common dangers of our summer holiday.  Always keep water safety in mind and if you plan to drink, do so responsibly.  Fireworks are an Independence Day staple, but can be dangerous.  Follow all of the local laws, be safe, and come back to us happy and healthy.