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SUBJ/UNITED STATES AIR FORCE 70TH ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of the United States Marine Corps, I am honored to extend congratulations to the men and women of the United States Air Force as you commemorate your 70th anniversary on 18 September.
2. For seven decades, our Nation has maintained the most capable and advanced Air Force in the world. Since becoming a separate service in 1947, America's Airmen have unfailingly provided global reach, global power and global engagement in support of our Nation's security. Throughout your esteemed history, in times of war and peace, you have demonstrated utmost courage, honor and devotion to duty.
3. As you celebrate your illustrious heritage and warfighting legacy – from Korea and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan – know that Marines are proud to stand side by side with you in defense of our Nation. We also pause with you to remember those who have gone before us, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
4. Happy Anniversary and Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//