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Chairman Notes Air Force’s 61st Birthday

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2008 – Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued the following message to the nation’s airmen to commemorate the Air Force’s 61st birthday today:

Leonardo DaVinci said, “Once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward.” When it comes to flying and fighting, no one knows this more … nor does it better … than the United States Air Force.

On this, your 61st birthday, we pause to say thanks to all Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve and Civilian Airmen who are always looking up – and looking out – to protect America in the great spaces of the sky. Every day air, space and missile crews … security, medical and mission support forces … constantly stand freedom’s watch.

Airmen like you and your families serve a cause greater than yourselves … you make all the difference. When Americans look up, they see thousands of contrails carrying freedom and hope across the globe. And when Americans look up, they see the greatest Air Force the world has ever known!

On behalf of the Joint Chiefs, and every man and woman in uniform, I offer my gratitude and congratulations to you and your families. Happy birthday!



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