11/7/2012 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following Veterans Day message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force:
"Our Air Force's success is founded in the sacrifice of generations who
served before. This Veterans Day, we honor and thank more than 22
million American veterans, including four million veterans of the United
States Air Force.
"Every veteran, past and present, has a story. Some served in wartime,
others during moments of peace; many were volunteers, others were
called; some served a matter of days, while others gave their life's
work to the profession of arms. All deserve our deepest gratitude.
"The men and women of our Armed Forces fought for and some gave their
lives to secure the freedoms we enjoy today. For their sacrifice in
service to America, our Nation owes a debt of appreciation that can
never be repaid. Our veterans' families also deserve our collective
thanks -- their support makes the service of their loved ones possible,
and their presence strengthens every man and woman in uniform.
"Standing on the shoulders of veterans past, today's Airmen -- YOU --
continue to reach beyond what was once thought possible to discover and
employ innovative airpower solutions for America. Every day you answer
the Nation's call, whether in the skies or combat theaters abroad, in
space or cyberspace, on the ground delivering relief and hope to
families in need, or here at home protecting America's airspace. Your
continued commitment to defend and preserve the cause of freedom will
ensure that future generations continue to enjoy the liberties we
"For all you have given to America and to its great Air Force, and for
your service yet to come, you have earned our Nation's thanks. On this
Veterans Day, take time to thank those in your families, communities and
workplaces who have served America and defended her ideals."