Commander's Independence Day message Published June 30, 2017 By Col. Jim Phillips, 919th Special Operations Wing commander Citizen Air Commandos, Two hundred forty-one years ago a group of 56 men who were committed to protecting freedom for the people of this country, took a bold step in laying the groundwork for our democracy. Today, more than 1,300 men and women in the 919th Special Operations Wing continue to put forth tirelesseffort to ensure that freedom is maintained. We are part of the nearly 70,000 Reserve Citizen Airmen providing daily strategic depth and operational capability for the world's greatest Air Force! As you spend time with friends and family this July 4th, know that you and your loved ones play an important role in our nation's independence. Take a moment to reflect on the freedom won by such sacrifice, and of the heroism of so many who have gone before us. I want to share my thanks to you all for the dedication and selfless service to our great nation. Your commitment to our mission has great impact on this country and reaches far beyond our gate at Duke Field. It is, and always will be, one of my greatest honors to serve with you all. Happy Independence Day!