Labor Day marks the traditional end of the summer season and celebrates the American worker and the contributions they make to our great country. I want to commend you on your efforts to control heat injuries through another hot summer. Your diligence and care for teammates contributed to an overall 20-percent decrease in accident fatalities across the Army.
As you celebrate the final holiday of the summer, continue to focus on safety throughout the long weekend. Take care when grilling, boating, motorcycle riding and hiking. Plan ahead, and use composite risk management to identify hazards, implement appropriate controls, and be ready to respond immediately. Careless or impaired driving, driving at excessive speeds or failure to use personal protective equipment are not behaviors expected of our Soldiers or leaders. Commanders and supervisors, take personal interest in the plans and behaviors of your team members. Stress the consequences of poor judgment, particularly in motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle operation and drinking and driving. Allow sufficient time for your travels, to and from your holiday destination. Be responsible and accountable for your on- and off-duty actions.
Long holiday weekends present special hazards for Soldiers, civilian employees, and their Families. Visible leader involvement always makes a difference in reducing accidents.
Identify high risk individuals and talk to Soldiers and workers before they depart for the holiday. Ensure all Soldiers have access to their chain of command and medical care throughout the holiday weekend. Our Soldiers look to leaders for guidance and direction; teach them what right looks like.
Enjoy the last summer holiday weekend and return safely. Leader and individual commitment are keys to success; maintain control and make a positive difference.
Always Out Front! Army Strong!