Commander sends holiday greetings to Citizen Airmen

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of Air Force Reserve.

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander and chief of Air Force Reserve.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- As we celebrate the holiday season, I want to thank you for all that you have done in 2011 and all that you will do in 2012. Your service as America's Citizen Airmen has, once again, been spectacular, and I appreciate it very much.

When an earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan early this year, you were ready to shuttle needed goods and skilled rescue personnel to the disaster area. You stepped up again when we supported our NATO allies in Libya to protect civilians from attack and allow humanitarian efforts. You were onboard when the call came for aerial fire suppression in America's Southwest and hurricane reconnaissance along our East Coast. Whenever and wherever disaster struck or a request for assistance was made, you were ready, willing and able to lend a hand and provide comfort to those in need.

During 2011, more than 4,000 of you served on active duty around the world. Since 9/11, more than 60,000 Air Force reservists have been strategically prepared and operationally engaged in support of daily operations.

We know and appreciate the sacrifices you, your families and your employers have made and continue to make, whether you are serving our country in Afghanistan or supporting our nation here at home. Thank you.

Whether you are spending time with family and friends or guarding our freedom overseas, Dee and I wish all of you the happiest of holidays. Our thoughts are with you and your families as we welcome a joyous New Year.

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