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AFSPC commander sends Independence Day greeting

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Air Force Space Command Team,

This 4th of July marks the 238th anniversary of our Nation's independence. As you spend the holiday with family and friends, I ask you to take time to reflect on the individual liberties for which the brave men and women of our great Nation fought and died--life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I also encourage you to relax and enjoy the summer fun associated with our Nation's birthday. As you enjoy your well-deserved break, remember to make safety a priority.

Don't let poor decisions ruin your holiday celebration. Be good Wingmen, be aware of your surroundings, drive sober, drive defensively and ensure everyone wears their seatbelts.

If you plan to spend time engaging in water sports, know the hazards, ensure everyone follows the rules, and always use approved safety equipment.

Let's celebrate responsibly. All members of the AFSPC team and their families are important to the command's continued success and the defense of this great Nation, and I need you all to return from the holiday weekend safe and sound.

You have my gratitude and thanks for your dedicated service.

Linda and I send our best wishes for a safe and joyous Independence Day.

Gen. William Shelton
Air Force Space Command commander