A Thanksgiving Message from the Director
Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency David H. Petraeus on Thanksgiving
November 22, 2011
As we prepare for Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow, we should pause and reflect on the many blessings that we enjoy—our loved ones, our freedoms as Americans, and the privilege of serving our country with a great organization. Given the demands of our work, we too often get caught up in the pace of everyday life and don’t take the time to appreciate just how fortunate we are. This is a time for such reflection.
In my case, I feel extraordinarily grateful to be serving with you. Over many years in uniform, I worked with countless exceptional Agency officers, and I witnessed the sacrifices that the Agency’s global mission demands. As Director, I have seen first hand how you go about your jobs, exhibiting impressive ability, dedication, expertise, and selflessness. Indeed, quiet service, faithfully and skillfully rendered, is the CIA’s defining quality—and it is truly inspirational to observe.
So, at a time when we traditionally give thanks, allow me—on behalf of our senior leadership team—to thank you for your hard work to help keep our nation secure and to extend best wishes for a wonderful holiday season. I will be able to celebrate Christmas with my family this year—after a trip to the war zones the week prior—and I hope that many of you will be able to enjoy the holidays with loved ones as well. Needless to say, all of us at Headquarters feel deep gratitude for those whose work will keep them away from home on Thanksgiving and during the holidays. Thanks again for all that you do. And very best wishes to you and yours!