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Chairman's Birthday Message to the U.S. Air Force

Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2004 – On the 18th of September, 1947, our Nation created the United States Air Force. Over the last 57 years, the Air Force has changed dramatically, employing new technology and responding to a changing world. Today, we plan and fight as a Joint and Total Force, and the US Air Force is performing all of its missions superbly, from patrolling the skies of America, airlifting supplies to Afghanistan and fighting in Iraq.

The War on Terrorism is a war we must win, to preserve our freedoms and protect our way of life. The U.S. Air Force has a crucial role in this war, accomplishing vital expeditionary and long range combat missions, along with dozens of other missions critical to our national security: flying satellites, controlling airfields, maintaining our ballistic missile fleet, training technicians and leaders, and many more. Preserving our liberties takes determination, hard work and talent. The task is huge, but I stand completely confident that America's Airmen are up to the challenge.

Today's Air Force inherits a tremendous legacy: a century of flight and a history of boundless accomplishments. That legacy is in very good hands. On behalf of the Joint Chiefs, to all the men and women in the United States Air Force who serve, and have served, I thank you. Happy Birthday, U.S. Air Force!

Sincerely,

Gen. Richard B. Myers, USAF

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