September, a couple of dates to remember

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. -- September has always been a busy month in my family with the 1st being my mother's birthday, the 12th being my little sister's birthday, and the 30th being my oldest sister's birthday. 

It always seemed that we were remembering and celebrating all month long.
After I joined the Air Force, the 18th of September became somewhat significant to me as I remembered the birth of our service and the strength and motivation of those that brought that day in 1947 into history. 

And, of course, we all remember the 11th of September, 2001 when our country and our Air Force mission changed forever. 

The family birthdays that I noted earlier are important to me as a reminder of the continuity of my family and our personal and cultural way of life. 

The Air Force's birthday is important to me because it's a very significant day to my other family that has raised me in a different culture where I learned to respect those that came before me as well as those that are leading me into the future. 

The anniversary of the attacks upon America reminds me what both my family and my service stand for is what keeps us strong and that we can not ever let our guard down, even during a moment of silence for those who lost their lives. 

To protect our families, our service and our country we must always remember those dates in September that remind us of what we do and why we do it. 

Please take some time during this month to reflect upon your family, our Air Force and especially our country as we serve them in order to protect them.