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Holiday Greetings from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2001 – As 2001 draws to a close, I extend to each of you - America's outstanding soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and DoD civilians -- and your families, my warmest wishes for a safe and joyous holiday season. I am very proud of you, and deeply appreciate your selflessness, sacrifice, dedication, patriotism, and your love of our great country.

With the events of September 11 etched forever in our hearts and minds, all Americans are more grateful than ever for the work you do and the sacrifices you make each and every day. The citizens of this great land realize the dangers you face defending our way of life in the war against global terrorism, and I am certain that during this special time of the year, you are in their thoughts and prayers.

During the holidays, we will reflect on what we hold dear and spend time with those we love. Of course, many in uniform will be unable to join their families because duty will keep them in the field, at sea, or in the air. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all those in the Department of Defense serving far from home -- away from family and loved ones during the holiday season.

At this special time of the year, Mary Jo joins me in sending warmest wishes for a season filled with hope, happiness and joy. All the best for the New Year.

Richard B. Myers

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The chairman's holiday remarks can be viewed at http://www.defenselink.mil/specials/holiday2001/jcs.html.

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