Honoring our veterans -- past, present and future

  • Published
  • By Gen. Arthur J. Lichte
  • Air Mobility Command Commander
Each Veteran's Day, Americans have the opportunity to reflect upon and honor the sacrifices of noble men and women who have served in defense of our great nation and its freedoms. We also take this time to express our deepest gratitude for those serving today. Through daily mission accomplishments, we extend the legacy of those who served before us and underpin our nation's values to inspire tomorrow's heroes.

Mobility warriors continue to epitomize our rich heritage and proud legacy. Mobility Airmen share in the proud legacy of our nation's defense throughout the history of manned flight. Through air mobility, our nation can extend an out-stretched hand of compassion to those in need, or a clenched fist to those who threaten our freedom. The air mobility legacy is visible all around us -- from the Air Force's first challenge 60 years ago, the Berlin Airlift, to the relief efforts after natural disasters in our country and around the world, to today's daily engagement in the Global War on Terror.

We willingly accept the responsibility of continuing this great legacy and, by doing so, honor the Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who came before us, and those who serve as our partners today. We are a more capable force because we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.

As you observe Veteran's Day, please take a moment to recognize the contributions of our veterans, and commit yourself to meeting the challenges that await us.

I am proud to serve with you, and I thank you and your families for your dedication and sacrifice to our missions.