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We have a lot to be thankful for

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Even with all the events, activities and demands of life, the Thanksgiving holiday allows us to hit pause and reflect on what's really important in our lives.

As Americans, we live in a country that provides the opportunity to advance and reach our full potential.  We can provide for our loved ones and share in the freedoms our nation represents. We don't live in constant fear for our families or our communities. While our environment is not free from violence, we do not live in a warzone like some of the innocent families in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

Our military forces are actively engaged in the War on Terror, and we must never forget their sacrifice.   At the same time, I want to express my appreciation for all you do to support their critical mission --what you do is important!  The support you and your family provide, allows our warfighters to remain a step ahead of the enemy.

At your Thanksgiving table, please take a moment to thank family members and friends for their support, and remember those who are in harm's way.

I would be remiss if I did not take advantage of this opportunity to talk about safety.  It only takes a split second to turn fun into tragedy.  Whether it's driving to or from holiday events, participating in outdoor activities, or engaged in Black Friday skirmishes, please be careful.  We need you back fully mission capable and ready to get back at it next week.

Happy Thanksgiving!  

Keep 'em flying...it's what we do!