Air Force chief of staff thanks Airmen, families in accepting award

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle
  • Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
The Air Force's highest ranking officer was awarded one of the Air Force Sergeants Association's top honors during the organization's Professional Airmen's Conference and International Convention here Aug. 18.

In pre-taped remarks, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz accepted the 2009 Excellence in Military Leadership Award by thanking Airmen and their families for their selfless service and sacrifice.

"There is no higher honor than to serve those who so steadfastly serve our country ... to stand with them, by them and for them always," General Schwartz said.

AFSA officials said they presented the award to the general in recognition of his proven leadership and unwavering commitment to Airmen and their families.

"I'm deeply humbled by this recognition, especially as my thoughts are on the more than 680,000 total force Airmen who, on a daily basis, perform acts of noble service to our country, and who are really the ones who accomplish the mission of the United States Air Force," General Schwartz said.