Air Force leaders release birthday message Published Sept. 16, 2016 By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody released the following message in honor of the Air Force’s 69th birthday:To the Airmen of the United States Air Force:On the 69th birthday of our United States Air Force, we salute you - the dedicated Airmen providing unrivaled Airpower for America - as we celebrate the establishment of the United States Air Force as a separate service. We remember our proud heritage and honor those who advocated for an independent Air Force, passing on to us the responsibility for continued innovation and leadership in the air, space, and cyber domains.Today, our Air Force delivers Global Vigilance, Global Reach, and Global Power with unmatched effectiveness. With tens of thousands of Airmen supporting combatant commanders from deployed locations and many more directly contributing from their home stations, the United States Air Force is absolutely essential to prevailing in every joint fight.America depends on our remarkable Total Force of Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, and Civilian Airmen who have never failed to answer our Nation’s call. We thank you and your family for your service, sacrifice, and commitment to the defense of our Nation. Happy 69th birthday United States Air Force!