The following is a message from Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley on the Air Force’s 59th birthday.
Over the course of the past 59 years, the United States Air Force has established itself as the dominant force in air, space and cyberspace. Our knowledge-enabled Airmen have revolutionized the way our nation defends itself and its allies across the full spectrum of threats.
Before our inception as an independent service, the Air Force responded wherever and whenever needed, whether for disaster relief, humanitarian operations or combat operations. We have only gotten better in time.
Our heritage is one of technological innovation, courage and dedication. As we build on that proud heritage and look toward new and unlimited horizons, we will continue to deliver unmatched air, space and cyberspace dominance for the interdependent joint team and our nation.
Your tireless commitment, agility and professionalism are the foundation for our successes. Without you, and the support of your families, we could not be the world-class team we are. America’s Airmen exemplify our core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do.
As we lead into our diamond anniversary celebration, we count on our most valuable asset – our Airmen – to continue the magnificent work our forebears began. We are confident you’ll conquer tomorrow’s challenges with the same courage, commitment and confidence that defined our first 59 years.
Thanks to our entire Air Force family across the globe: active duty, civilian, Guard, Reserve, retirees, veterans, and all their families. Happy birthday, Air Force.