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USAFA supt: ‘We have much to be thankful for’

By Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, Nov. 22, 2017

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Thanksgiving is a holiday that allows us to reflect on the positive developments of the past year and share our gratitude with those we care about. Here at USAFA, we have much to be thankful for.

Together we can all take pride in the many accomplishments of our cadets and graduates, but remember that they are made possible by the everyday dedication of our diversely talented team and supportive community. The results of this collective hard work are telling. From the announcement of Rhodes Scholars to record setting seasons in athletics, from national champion flying teams to being protected by one the best fire departments in the world, and from astronauts returning to visit their alma mater to cadets giving back their limited free time to the Colorado Springs community – we can be thankful for a strong and supportive network that is enabling our cadets to thrive on their journey toward becoming the next generation of leaders for our Air Force.

As we approach Thanksgiving and the holiday season ahead, I challenge you to look around your workplace and find opportunities to say thank you. Remember that there are those in our military family who are not able to be home for the holidays. My thanks go out to each of you who have deployed in service to your nation, defending our freedoms and keeping us safe far away from home.

If you graduated from here or not, whether you’re an active duty airman or a civilian, a member of our faculty or our staff, you are what makes this institution great, and I’m thankful to call you all teammates. I hope you are all able to find time to enjoy the companionship of your family, friends and loved ones. Whether your plans include traveling to visit family or staying here in the local community, be wise in your judgement, stay safe, and enjoy some much deserved rest and recuperation.

Happy Thanksgiving!