Independence Day Commander's Message

  • Published
  • By Col. Rick Chadwick, Commander
  • 932nd Airlift Wing

This Fourth of July marks the 247th year since the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence--the document that separated the American colonies from British rule and led to the creation of a new federal republic.

Our Nation's early patriots deserve our enduring gratitude for their sacrifices on behalf of their fellow citizens. But we also owe a debt to the millions of Americans across the generations who since have protected our democracy for more than two centuries. You are extraordinary people doing extraordinary things and you have pledged to defend the ideals our forefathers laid out on July 4, 1776 in our Declaration of Independence.

You are motivated by pride, patriotism and an understanding of the price of freedom. 932nd Citizen Airmen are willing to go anywhere in the world to keep this nation safe. A special thanks goes out to those serving downrange this 4th of July. Your bravery and sacrifice make you extraordinary citizens…there is nothing ordinary about you.

I'd also like to honor those Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Guardians who serve, made the ultimate sacrifice, have been captured, or otherwise remain missing in fighting for and helping to preserve our liberty. The families of our service members--past and present, and particularly of our wounded warriors--also have earned our thanks for their sacrifices.

This Fourth of July, let us recommit ourselves to doing all that we can to ensure that our children, our grandchildren, and the generations that follow will enjoy the freedoms that are our birthright as Americans.

Chief Biancur and I salute you and your service, our flag, and the United States of America; and we wish to you a safe and happy Independence Day!

Very Respectfully,

Col. Rick Chadwick