Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Postage Stamps Honor Air Force One & Marine One

Air Force Col. Margaret H. Woodward, commander of the 89th Airlift Wing; David Failor, the U.S. Postal Service's executive director of stamp services; and Marine Col. Andrew W. O'Donnell Jr., commander of Marine Helicopter Squadron One, participate in a May 18 ceremony that kicked off this year's Joint Services Open House and previewed new postage stamps commemorating Air Force One and Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore

"We really appreciate this opportunity to recognize our banner aircraft in the Air Force fleet," Col. Woodward said. "Air Force One is, of course, more than an airplane. It's a traveling monument to freedom. It is instantly recognizable to millions of people all over the world, serving as a beacon of hope, democracy and so many other things that this great nation stands for."

The Marine One helicopter transport fleet is based at Quantico Marine Corps Base, Va., and consists of two specially equipped Sikorsky helicopters. The fleet is operated by Marine Helicopter Squadron One, commanded by Col. Andrew W. O'Donnell Jr. The Marine helicopter squadron has "the important and prestigious responsibility" of transporting the commander in chief, O'Donnell said during the ceremony. "On behalf of all the Marines and sailors serving in HMX-1, I want to thank you, and certainly thank the postal service for recognizing their service."

These two aircraft represent not only the power of the presidency, David Failor said, but they also symbolize "the extraordinary military professionals that stand behind that power and epitomize the meaning of duty, honor and country."

Air Force One Stamps will be $4.60 for Priority Rate.

Marine One Stamps will be $16.25 for Express Rate.

The stamps go on sale June 13 - TODAY


De'on Miller said...

This is so cool! They're beautiful stamps.

Sarge Charlie said...

great stamps, expensive but nice