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A Time to be Thankful

  • Published
  • By Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson
  • Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command


In 1621, the Pilgrims set aside a day to be thankful for a plentiful harvest after surviving a devastating winter.

This year we, too, have much to be thankful for. We are blessed to live in a country where we enjoy freedom many others do not possess. This freedom came at a high price for our forefathers. Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to all those who fought to give us this freedom, and those who work daily to protect it, including those from our Air Force Global Strike family.

Supporting our mission often means extended periods away from home and family. We currently have more than 2,000 members of the command deployed around the globe and in the missile fields. Please remember those serving away from home this Thanksgiving and look out for their families as they patiently wait for their loved ones to return. Our mission would not be successful without the support of our loved ones. Take a minute this Thanksgiving to hug those family members closest to you, and to reach out to thank those who sacrifice each day to make what we do possible.

Take time to relax this holiday season. Enjoy your time off and recharge. However, be mindful that the holidays can be a dangerous time. Be smart, and be safe -- don't take unnecessary risks. We need every one of you to come back safe and sound!

I am personally thankful for the opportunity to lead this amazing Global Strike team. It's an honor to serve with you. Nancy and I wish you each a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

Lt. Gen. Wilson