Chairman Issues Holiday Message
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2007 The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued his holiday message today, thanking servicemembers and families for their service and asking that others remember their sacrifices.
“I thank each of you for your dedicated service as you defend our national interests around the world. Whether on the ground, in the air, on the sea, or under it, you are making life better and safer for millions of people. Please know you have your nation’s deepest gratitude,” the statement from Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen reads.
“As we count our many blessings, let us never forget our brothers and sisters in harm’s way and the families with empty seats at their holiday tables. Theirs is the sacrifice, the great and noble service, that allows our comfort and our freedom this season. Reach out to them if you can. Let them know they are remembered,” Mullen wrote.
The chairman is this week traveling with the 2007 USO holiday tour on the 15-stop, seven-country tour thanking the forward deployed troops for their sacrifice and service.
With Christmas a week away, Mullen passed along his holiday greetings in person during a stop in Kuwait yesterday.
“I’d like to express my appreciation for what you do, not just for the nation, but for the world,” he said. “You are making a big difference in a very challenging part of the world.”
Mullen said he knows the holidays are a hard time to be away from family.
“We know that, and we keep them in our thoughts and prayers, and we hope we can bring a little cheer during this holiday season for you as you serve on this deployment,” he said. “You could not be as successful on this deployment without the support of those families, and we’re extremely grateful for all the things that they do to make your service possible.”