SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. After taking time with family and friends during the holiday weekend, we must not lose sight of what Independence Day truly represents the birth of our great nation, as bold leaders stood up and declared our independence.
Our nation fought for and declared its independence 238 years ago, paving the way for the freedoms we still enjoy today. As Airmen in the worlds finest Air Force, we are committed to ensuring our nations security, and gratefully take responsibility for defending the freedom and democracy we celebrate. Like our forefathers, it is the character of our Airmen to stand up for the freedom we hold so dear.
The founding fathers were bold leaders. They inspired a generation of people to take a stand for our basic rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It took bold leaders to achieve independence. It was not easy and it did not come without cost.
Our mobility enterprise faces many challenges, and it will take bold and innovative leaders to solve them. Ive seen firsthand how our military is successful because of talented, innovative, and bold men and women who are unafraid to tackle the toughest challenges. Americas freedom and future success depends on men and women, like you, who are ready to lead into the uncertainties of tomorrow.
We still fight today to protect those freedoms that previous generations have fought for. All of those who have served and currently serving this country play a role every day. We work hard at home and abroad to protect the freedoms we enjoy and we cannot take them for granted. We must continue to stand up for what we treasure most and safeguard what we swore an oath to protect.
Take time to remember what Independence Day is all about.