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Chairman, Senior Enlisted Advisor Send Thanksgiving Wishes

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2011 – Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the chairman’s senior enlisted advisor, signed a joint letter today wishing service members and their families a happy Thanksgiving.

Here is the text of their letter:

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, as every year, we give special thanks to you in uniform who serve our Nation. We are truly blessed by your service. We also want to thank our military family – the spouses, children, parents and grandparents of our troops – for all its sacrifices. We are proud of you, and we admire your courage.

America faces grave economic challenges, and we want you to know that we are working with our Nation’s leaders to address those challenges. We will remain the best military in the world, and we will keep faith with you, your families, and our veterans. We promise that we will demonstrate as much courage in meeting this challenge as you demonstrate every day, around the world, protecting our country.

Wherever you are serving on this Thanksgiving Day, in uniform or out, know that we are thankful for your service.


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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia


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