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NEWS | June 16, 2022

Air Force leaders issue Juneteenth 2022 message

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Airmen and Guardians,

Juneteenth is a day of profound weight and power to recognize both the moral stain of slavery and remind us of our incredible capacity to persevere, heal, and progress. 

While this is only the second year Juneteenth has been celebrated as a federal holiday, its historical significance and celebrations date back over 150 years.  We encourage all of you to reflect on the magnitude of this holiday by learning about its origin in 1865 along with its long journey to federal recognition. 

This holiday represents an opportunity to celebrate decades of hope and courage.  We appreciate the crucial conversations occurring across the Department and recognize there is more work required to ensure justice, equality, and inclusion. 

As always, we are incredibly proud of each and every one of you.  Thank you for all you do to keep us safe and to allow our Nation to continue improving.

 

One Team, One Fight!

 

[Signed]

Frank Kendall                                                                      Gina Ortiz Jones
Secretary of the Air Force                                                 Under Secretary of the Air Force

 

 

John W. Raymond                                                              Charles Q. Brown, Jr.
General, USSF                                                                     General, USAF
Chief of Space Operations                                                Chief of Staff of the Air Force

 

 

Roger A. Towberman                                                         JoAnne S. Bass
Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force                     Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force