Happy Independence Day!

July 3, 2018|Posted in: Public Announcements

A note from the National Guard Bureau


Fellow Guardsmen,

“Freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” President Franklin Roosevelt’s words are especially true today as we celebrate the 242nd Independence Day.

While you’re celebrating with family and friends and embracing the freedoms and liberties bestowed upon us by the Founding Fathers, take some time to reflect on the origins of this most patriotic of patriotic days-the independence of the 13 original colonies as separate but United States.

As many in uniform know, freedom is not free. Instrumental in our nation’s fight for independence was the colonial militia, the predecessor of today’s National Guard. These citizen-soldiers fought valiantly to ensure our independence. They also laid the foundation for the National Guard’s role in future conflicts against nations and factions that threatened America and her allies’ ideals and way of life, including today’s combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For nearly four centuries, the National Guard has built up its training and readiness to answer the call of freedom. Today, we continue to protect the homeland, fight America’s wars, and build productive relationships with our State, Federal, and global partners.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our brothers and sisters from all Services who have sacrificed since the birth of our Nation to ensure we remain free and independent. I want to thank you and your families for your selfless service and sacrifice. This Fourth of July, let’s be grateful for the freedom secured by our National Guard and our sister Services.

I wish you all a safe and happy Independence Day!

Warfight, Homeland, Partnerships, People.  Go Guard!

Joseph L. Lengyel
General, USAF
Chief National Guard Bureau