Thursday, September 8, 2011

Note from the AFA President: 9/11

AFA members, Congressional staff members, civic leaders, DOCA members, as we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we should all pause in reflection.  Most of you know that we lost more people on 9/11 than we lost at Pearl Harbor in 1941.  Since 9/11 our military have taken the fight to our enemies – which I argue is the continued basis for our Grand Strategy.  It’s always better to fight abroad rather than on our shores.  And … it’s even better to be strong and alert enough not to have to fight at all.  
Yesterday, my wife caught a very good piece on Fox news.  It's about a silent operation that has been underway since 9/11 – Operation Noble Eagle.  This operation has our (mostly) Air National Guard fighters patrolling our skies, protecting us from threats from above.  Take a moment to read the story and then play the video.  It’s about two minutes long.  You can find the link here:

Secondly, AFA has released a statement about 9/11 that I want to bring to your attention.  You can find it here:

Finally, I see on the news that some are saying:  “We’ve now been at war for 10 years.”  Hopefully this group understands the US Air Force has been at war for over 21 years … and is on alert every day in deterring and securing our interests.
For your consideration. 

Michael M. Dunn
Air Force Association

1 comment:

derekm said...

While I whole-heartedly agree that the USAF has been "at war" for over two decades, how would you respond to those that maintain the period between the "end" of the Gulf War and 9/11/01 was not technically an "at war" period? Can you address the declaration(s) of war by Congress, or the lack thereof, in conjunction with US military action in the Middle East since 1991? Thank you in advance for your reply!