In the entirety of our rich National history, less than four dozen Americans have served as President. Enshrined in our Constitution is the mechanism by which this person is determined to be eligible for this office, is elected, serves their boss -- the American people -- then surrenders the reins of power to their successor. The world marvels at our peaceful transition of power. And regardless of their political party, or their path to the highest office in the land, each of our Presidents has arrived on their first day in office with great hope and a spirit of service; and most assuredly tried their best to live up to the expectations of their boss.
We set aside the third Monday each February to celebrate each of these unique Americans who have worn the mantle of Commander-in-Chief. And for each of us who served, who are serving, or who will serve at the National Guard Bureau, it is with great pride that we fulfill the unique role of actually serving forty-four Commanders in Chief! Our uniformed members, service civilians, and industry partners each serve at the Federal level through a pair of magnificent directorates; and some even serve in that narrow nexus of a joint billet. But all are mindful that our Governors may call at any moment for assistance, and our President may ask us to stand a watch on the other side of the globe.
I would ask each of our members to take some time during this unique Federal Holiday -- this Presidents' Day -- to celebrate not only our Commanders-in-Chief, both past and present -- but those who serve our President in protecting the Greatest Nation on Earth. In just the brief span of our lifetimes, the promise made by every parent to their sons or daughters that they may be anything they want to be when they grow up, has been realized: Including growing up to be the President. Surely this holiday is one to celebrate the articulation of that promise, and of that dream.
On behalf of the officers of the National Guard Bureau Alumni Association, I wish each of you a joyous Presidents' Day, and hopes for safe travels throughout this holiday weekend.