Secretary, chief address Operation Iraqi Freedom
/ Published March 24, 2003
WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The following is a joint message from Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper:
"As our nation calls upon its armed forces to meet this next challenge in the war on terrorism, the men and women of the U.S. Air Force will play a pivotal role in striking our enemies, defending our coalition forces, and protecting our allies. As you have always done, you will perform your duties with honor, and with the knowledge that our nation's security depends upon the excellence and professionalism of every airman in our Air Force.
"Ours is the greatest joint warfighting force ever assembled, and our nation is blessed to have over 700,000 active, Guard, Reserve, and civilian airmen taking the battle to the enemy and securing our homeland. You, the brave warriors who voluntarily risk your lives to protect our values and way of life, are the reason we will prevail in this fight. The American people have the utmost confidence and trust in you, they support you, and are proud of your dedication. We couldn't be more proud of your service, and are both honored and humbled to lead this force.
"In this time of conflict and great sacrifice, the admiration, thoughts, and prayers of our entire nation are with you and your families. Do your duty to the best of your ability and we will secure victory, for the sake of our nation and freedom-loving people around the globe."