2017 US Capitol Christmas Tree - Photo courtesy of CW5 Doug Finstad
It seems we've no sooner covered-up the patio furniture, and taken the fall sweaters out of storage, than winter is ushered-in with a fury. And, just like that, the end of another year is upon us.
There is so much joy in this time of the year: Families gathering from across town, and around the globe, to be seated for a Christmas dinner; others lighting a menorah, and celebrating the miraculous. It is a time of traditions and festivities; of wonder. And a chance to see the world afresh through the eyes of a child, tearing through wrapping paper for the delight that lies beneath the bow and glitter.
We have so much to be proud of in the part we played -- however great or small -- in helping the Soldiers and Airmen of our National Guard across the 54 states and territories meet their mission. For the Uniformed Members, Service Civilians, and Industry Partners of the National Guard Bureau, we may take pride in that role, and the effect it has had in ensuring our peace and freedom; in this season, and every day throughout the year.
On behalf of the Officers of the National Guard Bureau Alumni Association, I hope you each may find great comfort in the celebrations of this magnificent season. And to that end, let us raise our glasses, wherever we may be in these final days and hours of 2017. Let us thank those who served before us, and those who serve with us. Let us remember those who fell on the field of battle, and their family and friends who remember them. Let us each and all reflect upon a year that was nothing short of extraordinary, in so many ways; and, welcome the new year with all its possibilities and wonder. Warmest wishes for safe travels, splendid celebrations, and an outstanding New Year!
Michael R. Ford