CG's Holiday Message

Fort Jackson's Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Bradley Becker, sends out wishes for a happy and safe holiday season to all of the Fort Jackson family. BC

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Sherri and I want to wish all of you a very happy and safe holiday season. We sincerely appreciate all that you do every day to make Fort Jackson a great place to work and live.

What we do at Fort Jackson is critically important to our nations national defense and it takes a total team effort from our service members, civilians and family members. Never forget, our mission is to train the best soldiers in the world, who one day may be called upon to win the first battle of the next war. It's an awesome responsibility, but that's why we bring the very best leaders to Fort Jackson.

As we head into this holiday season and victory block leave many of you will get a much needed break, and will travel to see friends and loved ones. As you plan your trip and hit the road, I urge you to think about safety -- know your route…include time for delays…check your vehicle before leaving…get plenty of rest…and be prepared for winter driving conditions.

Soldiers planning to travel more than 150 miles from Fort Jackson must complete a p-o-v risk assessment with their first-line leader before departing, and our d-a civilians are encouraged to complete the assessment as well. A little planning can save your life.

Most importantly this holiday season, do not drink and drive! Three out of every four traffic related deaths… more than ten thousand every year…is alcohol related. That's one death every 51 minutes. Simply put… if you drink… don't drive! If you are attending a party designate a non-drinking driver before you arrive and give him or her your keys before you start drinking. If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests leave sober, with a designated driver, or in a taxi. I want every single one of you to have a wonderful holiday season and return safe and sound.

Again, I wish each and every one of you a happy and safe holiday season. Thank you for what you do every day to keep our country safe. I look forward to another great year of training the world's best soldiers. From my family to yours, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.

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