'Top 3' send holiday letter to Airmen

WASHINGTON --

Fellow Airmen:

You answered the call to defend our nation -- sacrificing individual liberties for our collective freedom. As you celebrate the coming holidays with your friends and families, please take time to thank the ones supporting you as you secure our freedom. 

Many of you are engaged in operations far from home and will be unable to celebrate this season with your loved ones. Please know you and your wingmen are in our thoughts and prayers and we look forward to your safe return.   

You represent the very best America has to offer and we’re humbled to lead this courageous team.  

From our families to yours, we wish you all the merriment the season has to offer…and a Happy New Year!