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Ceremony Welcomes New Air Force Secretary

Ceremony Welcomes New Air Force Secretary

By Larry Clavette, Air Force Print News.

Washington D.C. -- June 7, 2001 (AFPS) -- Dr. James G. Roche, secretary of the Air Force, pledged to serve the way Air Force men and women do every day throughout the world -- with integrity, selflessness and in earnest pursuit of excellence. He made this pledge during a welcoming ceremony honoring him June 6 at Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.

Dr. James G. Roche, secretary of the Air Force (right), and his host, Gen. Michael E. Ryan, Air Force chief of staff (left), inspect the troops June 6 at Bolling Air Force Base, D.C., during a full honors review and welcome ceremony for the new secretary. Roche was sworn in as the 20th secretary of the Air Force on June 1.

Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Varhegyi

Gen. Michael E. Ryan, Air Force chief of staff, was host of the 40-minute ceremony featuring 102 people from the Air Force Honor Guard and the 22 musicians in the Air Force Ceremonial Brass Band.

Besides unfurling the secretary's flag, the ceremony included an inspection of the troops by Roche, and a pass in review in honor of the secretary.

"The 700,000 officers, airmen and civilians welcome you to our Air Force family and thank you for your commitment and sacrifices you'll make to serve with us," Ryan said.

Ryan presented Roche with an Air Force leather jacket.

Roche thanked everyone for attending the ceremony and said he was humbled by the generosity and support.

"I join a flourishing team of active-duty airmen, civil servants, guardsmen, reservists, contractors and advocates," Roche said. "You have a strong legacy despite being the youngest service, and a tradition of high standards and mission success. You have earned the admiration of our nation, you have earned the respect of our world, and you have earned the promise of a bright future."

America's Air Force team is justifiably proud of its incredible achievements including the current operations over Iraq in operations Northern Watch and Southern Watch; numerous other combat operations and humanitarian missions; and most recently, the implementation of the expeditionary aerospace force concept, and a reversal of the downward trend in recruiting, Roche said.

"In the realm of aerospace power, you fly the best, train the best, maintain the best," he said. "As you put it, 'No one comes close.'"

Roche was sworn in as the Air Force's 20th Secretary June 1.

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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).