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Air Force leaders issue posture statement

5/22/2009 - SAN ANTONIO (AFNS) -- The Air Force's top leaders presented the official Air Force posture statement May 19 to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee. During their testimony, they focused on the upcoming budget as well as current and future Air Force capabilities.

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Norton A. Schwartz said that the United States today faces a spectrum of challenges to our national security and global interests. As an integral member of the joint team, America's Air Force provides the critical capabilities of Global Vigilance, Global Reach, and Global Power.

"The United States Air Force is 'All In' today's joint fight. At the same time, our investments in new capabilities will ensure we are ready for tomorrow's challenges. The mission of the United States Air Force is to 'fly, fight, and air, space and cyberspace' -- as an integral member of the Joint team that ensures our nation's freedom and security, Secretary Donley and General Schwartz said.

"The 2009 Air Force Posture Statement articulates the vision of an Air Force ready to fulfill the commitments of today and face the challenges of tomorrow through strong stewardship, continued precision and reliability, and dedication to persistent Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation," they said.

Click here to read the Air Force Posture Statement.

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