Bavaria Military Community teammates,

As we draw closer to the end of 2013, I would like to thank you for your hard work and dedication over the past year as a member of the Bavaria Military Community.

I truly appreciate all that we have accomplished this year, and I want you to enjoy some well-earned downtime during this holiday season.

Many of you plan to celebrate with family and friends. While preparing for these holiday get-togethers, remember to make safe decisions.

And whether you are traveling to other locations or staying in the local area, please be aware of hazards that are associated with this time of year, especially icy roads.

A major concern for our folks and their families should be motor vehicle accidents, which remain the top cause of holiday fatalities and the number one killer of our off-duty Soldiers.

Many accidents result from fatigue, excessive speed and drinking. Be sure to plan accordingly and allow ample time to reach your destination. When driving, be alert, be prudent and always anticipate the unexpected.

As you get ready to travel this holiday season, I ask each of you to use the TRiPS online assessment tool, located at

Holidays mean getting together with family and friends to celebrate, which may include alcohol.

If hosting a party, be responsible and attentive to the alcohol consumption of your guests.

Ensure designated drivers are available or provide other arrangements. If you choose to drink, remember that passing the keys to a friend is the most important decision you will make.

Also, during this holiday season, the "See Something - Do Something" safety motto of our community applies to all.

If you see someone who appears to be lost, lonely or depressed, please take action by getting personally involved. Leader, supervisor, friend and family engagement are essential.

So, please stay safe and celebrate responsibly.

I wish you all the best during this holiday season, a time of great joy and celebration.

As I reflect on the past year, I am proud of all the great things we have accomplished together.

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