July Fourth symbolizes commitment to principles

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  • By Gen. Donald Hoffman
  • Air Force Materiel Command
July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was unanimously adopted by the Second Continental Congress, announcing the American colonies' separation from Great Britain, and marking the birth of the United States of America. Two hundred thirty-three years later we continue to honor the principles of individual rights and personal freedom expressed in our founding document.

While the Fourth of July is a day for celebration, fun and camaraderie, I also like to think of it as a renewal of our commitment to the Declaration's principles. It took great personal courage by our founding fathers to commit their future and their fate to independence and it took a lengthy debate to achieve consensus. Today's debates cover a wide range of issues - America at war, the struggling economy, deficit spending - and the strategy, weapon systems, and priorities our armed services will support. Despite disagreements - some of them quite heated - the commitment of Air Force Materiel Command, the Air Force and its sister services to this nation is not debated.

I join all of the Command's senior leaders in saluting all of you who so skillfully carry out the AFMC mission. Your work reflects the dedication to the principles that have sustained this great nation since its founding.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.