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Leaders issue Air Force birthday message

US Air Force 64th birthday, Sept. 18, 2011

US Air Force 64th birthday, Sept. 18, 2011

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:

On September 18, 1947, our nation established the United States Air Force, thus realizing our forebearers' vision of an independent air service to provide global airpower for the nation. Our proud organization has come a long way since that historic and auspicious occasion. Today, America's Airmen continue to build upon a tremendous heritage of integrity, service, and excellence.

On this -- and every -- day, we express sincere gratitude for your service and sacrifice and that of your families. Your dedication to mission and devotion to duty are unparalleled in equal measure to the full range of vital air, space and cyber capabilities that we provide to our joint and coalition teammates and to the nation.

As we work together in building an even brighter tomorrow, please join us in proudly celebrating the 64th birthday of the United States Air Force. As always, we sincerely thank you and your families for all that you do.