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2005 Holiday Message From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2005 – Throughout our history, the men and women of the Armed Forces have spent many holidays far from loved ones, serving to defend the ideals of freedom and liberty that Americans hold so dear.

Today, you continue to display that same uncompromising devotion to duty. From full combat operations to critical relief missions, your efforts across the globe bring peace to troubled lands and hope to those in need.

Although it is never easy to be away from home, especially during the holidays, your sacrifices come during a vital time in our Nation's history. You may be justifiably proud of your steadfast service in promoting freedom and defending our way of life.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff join me, and the rest of America, in sending you and your families our very warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

Peter Pace

General, U.S. Marine Corps

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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