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301505Z AUG 18
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/U.S. AIR FORCE 71ST ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all Marines, it is my pleasure to congratulate our comrades in arms of the Air Force on the occasion of their 71st birthday on 18 September.
2. While created as a separate service in 1947, the Air Force's genesis stemmed from the earliest days of aviation in the United States when planes were made of wood and canvas, had no brakes and pilots had no parachutes.
3. Today's Air Force is a foremost proponent of air power doctrine, diverse in its abilities, and the leader of technological advances in aviation. Whether providing air support from tens of thousands of feet above the warfighter, or jumping from helicopters to aid downed pilots, the Air Force has always proven to be a skilled warfighter and dedicated partner in whatever operation
is required. No matter the location: in the air, in space or cyberspace, America's Air Force has a proud tradition of service, innovation, and sacrifice. As you celebrate your anniversary, know that all Marines honor all Airmen, and thank each of you on behalf of this great nation and its citizens.
4. Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//