Air Force leaders commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. birthday

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force:

As America commemorates the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., we call upon all Airmen to reflect on Dr. King's enduring legacy and on the importance of service in the cause of justice, equality and freedom.

A prominent leader in the U.S. civil rights movement, Dr. King rallied our Nation to live up to the promise of full equality under the law, without regard to race, color or creed. Although his life was cut short in 1968 by an assassin's bullet, the example of Dr. King's leadership continues to inspire people all over the world who are engaged in the struggle for freedom, justice and human dignity.

As we strive to build on Dr. King's legacy today, we have a responsibility to ensure that all Americans enjoy their birthright to equal opportunity and constitutional protections. Each of our unique backgrounds, knowledge, skills and experiences reflect a diversity that is one of our Nation's greatest strengths. Air Force leaders therefore are committed to creating an environment that promotes mutual respect and trust and brings together different backgrounds and perspectives to benefit Air Force mission effectiveness. Embracing each Airman's talents, perspectives and capabilities will help build and sustain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming culture that strengthens our Service.

Dr. King's life of service demonstrates the power within each of us to create positive change. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we encourage you to pause and consider the lasting impact of Dr. King's ideals and their continuing relevance today.

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