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Leaders say happy birthday, Air Force

In a joint Letter to Airmen, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwarz send birthday greetings to the total force. (U.S. Air Force illustration)

In a joint Letter to Airmen, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwarz send birthday greetings to the total force. (U.S. Air Force illustration)

SAN ANTONIO -- The Air Force's top leaders send a message to the total force to celebrate the Air Force's 62nd birthday and to remind them to remember the commitment and sacrifice of the more than 40,000 Airmen deployed around the globe.

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz issued the following message:

"To the Airmen of the United States Air Force and their families:

Sixty-two years ago, on Sept. 18, 1947, your Air Force was established as an independent service. Over the last six decades our legacy has been one of adaption, innovation and technological change on a constant quest to reach beyond our limits. On this day, it is appropriate to not only reflect upon this heritage, but to also look ahead.

While the employment of airpower has changed throughout history, our charge remains to Fly, Fight and Win in air, space and cyberspace. Regardless of the domain, the indomitable spirit of the American Airman remains unchanged. The spark of innovation which drove aviation pioneers to master powered flight and break the sound barrier can be seen in our global air, space and cyber capabilities that provide unprecedented levels of support to combatant commanders around the world.

The heart and soul of our Air Force is not found in the platforms we operate or the technologies we employ; it is in our Airmen and their families. The future of our Air Force rests in their hands, and for us to succeed we must ensure the well-being of our Total Force Airmen, civilians and their families. As we celebrate our birthday this year, let us remember the commitment and sacrifice of the more than 40,000 Airmen deployed around the globe and their families who support them.

We are proud of all the Air Force has accomplished, and prouder still of today's Airmen who have answered their nation's call. You embody integrity, service, and excellence, and we are proud to serve alongside you. You are a living tribute to our Airmen of battles past, and an inspiration for Airmen yet to come.

Happy 62nd Birthday!"

This message and other senior leader viewpoints can be found in the information section on AF.mil.
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