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Holiday Greetings from the Chairman

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 1999 – As 1999 draws to a close, and friends and family gather together to enjoy the holiday season, every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman, and DOD civilian can reflect on a year of extraordinary accomplishments. Whether carrying out operations in the Balkans, providing disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America, guarding against aggression in Korea, or enforcing the UN sanctions against Iraq, you met every challenge, no matter how difficult or dangerous.

Your courage, dedication and hard work reaffirmed the highest traditions of the United States and added another glorious chapter to the proud history of our military. Your awe- inspiring performances and selfless efforts have earned the respect and gratitude of your fellow citizens and the world community.

While many of you are far from home during this holiday season, you are never far from the hearts of the people you protect. Americans realize that the blessings of liberty and peace they enjoy spring from your sacrifice and service.

During this very special time of the year, Carolyn and I wish all of you, and your families, a happy and safe holiday season and the best for the coming year.

Henry H. Shelton

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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