Commentary

November 27, 2013

THANKSGIVING SAFETY MESSAGE

ROBERT P. ASHLEY
Major General, USA Commanding

Our Nation will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, a day set aside to pause, reflect and give thanks for the gifts of peace, freedom and the opportunities we share as Americans.

Historically, holiday weekends are periods of increased risk. The additional time off provides a well-earned respite from the duties and rigors of training and an opportunity to travel and visit family and friends. Increased travel means increased exposure to the hazards associated with heavy holiday traffic, unexpected adverse weather, and impaired drivers. It is important that you concentrate on safety, check your equipment, and increase your risk mitigation efforts.

Additionally, many of us will enjoy home cooked meals prepared by loving hands; please ensure you’re prepared with the necessary safety precautions, such as a working fire extinguisher and smoke detectors, when baking and frying turkeys.

Encourage your junior leaders to identify “at risk” personnel and empower them to intervene when appropriate. Ensure all risk assessments and safety awareness briefings are completed prior to travels. Leaders must stay engaged to eliminate loss. Alcohol use, reckless driving, speed, fatigue and failure to wear seat belts or required motorcycle personal protective gear are behaviors that are inconsistent with good order and discipline. Safety is no accident. Use every resource at your disposal to raise safety awareness.

Finally, in a season when tradition encourages thoughtful reflection and giving thanks, I want to extend my deepest regards and admiration to all men and women in uniform, our civilian teammates, and their families. I am grateful for each of you and the dedication, selfless service, and sacrifice you and your families make every day. Be cautious, vigilant, do what’s right and return to Fort Huachuca safely. Happy Thanksgiving!

Always Out Front! Army Strong!




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