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Veterans Day message from the commander

Commander stands in front of aircraft.

Col. Kevin Merrill, 919th Special Operations Wing commander, stands in front of C-145 Combat Coyote aircraft at Duke Field, Florida on May 21, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Dan Maffett)

DUKE FIELD, Fla. --

Fellow Citizen Air Commandos

On November 11th, people throughout the United States will pause to offer their deepest gratitude and appreciation to our Veterans – those past and present who have worn our country’s uniform. Since 1919, Americans have set aside this day to honor and celebrate veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve in times of both war and peace.

This year, our normal family gatherings and community activities may be different, hampered by the impact of COVID-19. But a virus will not take away from the importance of the day, or the honor due our Veterans. I encourage you to find a way to thank a Veteran for their service and sacrifice – virtually, or from a safe physical distance.

Take time this Veterans Day to remember our fellow Special Operations brothers and sisters who have deployed or are currently deployed around the globe to safeguard our freedoms. Use this day as an opportunity to check on them and reach out to their families and the loved ones they left at home to make sure they are doing okay.

Thank you for the sacrifices you make daily. I am honored to serve with each and every one of you!

Col Kevin Merrill