Fourth of July message

  • Published
  • By Gen. Arthur J. Lichte
  • Commander, Air Mobility Command
With the 233rd birthday of our great nation's independence rapidly approaching, we prepare to celebrate our freedom with family and friends. Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we have been vigilant in defending our ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Air Mobility Command is an integral part of that defense - both in the air and on the ground. Our tankers fuel the fight, creating unending global reach and persistence for the warfighter. In addition, our airlifters deliver supplies and personnel to the front lines with precision and velocity. Furthermore, our aeromedical evacuation operations rapidly transport wounded warriors around the world for treatment while caring for them in flight. Your great efforts also support critical humanitarian relief to those struck by disaster where and when needed. 

I am extremely proud of all of you - active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen, civilian employees, retirees, and contractors - each of whom make a difference every day as Air Mobility Command conducts its mission. As I visit our operations around the globe, I am continually impressed by your hard work, dedication and professionalism. 

Spouses and family members--please know it's your support that helps makes us great. Without your constant love, friendship, and sacrifice, Air Mobility Command's mission could not be accomplished. Thank you for all you do. 

As the Critical Days of Summer progress, please continue your strong focus on safety, both at home and in the work place. You and your family are important members of the Air Force team and we cannot afford to lose you. I challenge every commander, supervisor, and wingman to ensure all of us and our families stay safe during this long holiday weekend. Please continue to stay focused and remain aware of the hazardous effects of fatigue, lack of seat belt and helmet use, speeding, and alcohol, whether it involves driving or other activities. Unfortunately, there have already been six Air Force fatalities from motor vehicle accidents since the start of Memorial Day weekend, one of which was in Air Mobility Command. 

The Lichtes wish you and your family a safe and relaxing Independence Day. It is an honor to be your commander as you continue to provide unrivaled global reach for America--always!