COMPACAF sends Veteran's Day message

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  • By Gen. Gary North
  • Pacific Air Forces
Each year we take a moment to remember the sacrifices of those who have worn the uniform in defense of our great nation. This year, Veterans Day falls just weeks before we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Oahu--that fateful day which led our country into World War II in the Pacific. The battle scars that still mark our PACAF Headquarters building remind us of the sacrifices and the courage with which our service members responded to this unprecedented bombing of our homeland. Our nation pulled together in a united effort and our youth rushed to enter into the service of their country. They left the safety and comfort of their homes and families to protect America and our values.

This same intrepid spirit burns within our service members today. Our Airmen, and their families, alongside Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and their family-members, know what it means to experience hardship, to be separated from their loved ones, and to continue to answer the higher call. They have volunteered to stand in harm's way so those left behind may continue to live safe and free.

I recently attended the Air Force Association conference where we recognized several Air Force members who epitomized this spirit of selfless service in the performance of their duties. Among them were four of our own PACAF Airmen. Some of them were recognized for their combat action in Iraq and Afghanistan and others for their tireless efforts assisting with humanitarian relief efforts in Japan and Pakistan.

It is a privilege and honor to serve alongside our Airmen and their families here in PACAF, and throughout our Air Force, who continue the legacy of our honored veterans and the long tradition of service to our nation. All veterans understand that the freedoms we cherish are never free. Please join me this Veterans Day in honoring our fellow veterans, past and present, as we Aim High to the future.