R 162030Z SEP 21
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/US AIR FORCE 74TH ANNIVERSARY//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all Marines, I take great pleasure in congratulating the United States Air Force on it's 74th anniversary.
2. For more than a century, American pilots have taken to the skies in defense of the nation. With the establishment of the U.S. Air Force as an independent service on 18 September 1947, the U.S. has benefited from the most capable and advanced air force in the world. Marines have fought side-by-side with the U.S. Air Force in Korea, Vietnam, the Balkans, and during the Global War on Terrorism. Whether delivering humanitarian relief or military power, aviators and aircrews represent the leading edge of America's global reach.
3. Always at the forefront of technological innovation and bound by a commitment to operate in the multi-dimensional battlespace with professionalism, courage, and dedication to duty, the men and women of the Air Force steadfastly defend the nation in an ever-changing environment. As you come together to celebrate this anniversary, know that every Marine salutes your service and sacrifice on behalf of this great nation and her people.
4. Happy anniversary and Semper Fidelis. David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.