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Holiday Message from the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 1998 – This holiday season, as in years past, American families will come together to celebrate their faith, welcome the New Year, and treasure the simple joys of life. Many of the blessings we enjoy -- a nation at peace, a prosperous standard of living and the promise of a safe and secure future -- are a legacy of the sacrifice, dedication and commitment of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen and DOD civilians. Throughout this season, as they do throughout the entire year, our forces will remain on duty, supporting operations and guarding freedom's frontiers around the globe.

During the holidays, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you -- especially to those serving far from home, performing difficult and sometimes dangerous missions apart from family and loved ones. Each of you is a national treasure, whose dedication and selfless service make a tremendous difference, not only to your fellow Americans, but to people in need all over the world. Every day, you show America at its very best!

At this special time of year, Carolyn and I wish you a safe and rewarding holiday season and wish you the absolute best in 1999.




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