Air Force secretary, chief send holiday greetings Published Dec. 13, 2001 By James G. Roche, secretary of the Air Force, and Gen. John P. Jumper, Air Force chief of staff WASHINGTON -- This holiday season marks the end of an emotional year for all Americans; a time reserved for reflecting on past events, counting blessings, and looking to the future and the promise of the New Year.While the tragic events of Sept. 11 weigh heavily on the hearts of all Americans, our spirit continues to rise from the ashes of New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. America's abundant blessings are more evident than ever; we now appreciate things once taken for granted. Our nation turned to its military for strength and character during this critical time and America's military again answered her call.As in holidays past, America's airmen can be found across the globe, in over 115 countries, making a stand for freedom and eliminating the scourge of terrorism. Like all Americans, these airmen cherish holidays spent with family and friends, but faithfully choose to serve their nation. America is blessed by your service.On behalf of a grateful nation, we give thanks for the selfless sacrifice of those who wear the uniform. Know that you and your families are foremost in our thoughts and prayers during this special season.