• Capt. Adam Martinez, Fort Sam Houston Fire and Emergency Services, inspects a car seat for Firefighter Daniel Cobb at the fire department. Firefighters not only provide emergency services for the post, but help the community through fire-prevention programs and car-seat inspections.

    Fire Department

    Capt. Adam Martinez, Fort Sam Houston Fire and Emergency Services, inspects a car seat for Firefighter Daniel Cobb at the fire department. Firefighters not only provide emergency services for the post, but help the community through fire-prevention...

  • Freddy Hood, afternoon kitchen supervisor, stirs a vat of sauce for a sweet-and-sour pork dish Aug. 25 while Assistant Manager Ronald Hancock looks on at the Rocco Dining Facility. "It's our job to make sure the food is out on time, top quality and eye-appealing," said Hood, who has been cooking at Fort Sam Houston for 16 years.

    Dining Facility

    Freddy Hood, afternoon kitchen supervisor, stirs a vat of sauce for a sweet-and-sour pork dish Aug. 25 while Assistant Manager Ronald Hancock looks on at the Rocco Dining Facility. "It's our job to make sure the food is out on time, top quality and...

  • Aaron Franklin, Walden Security, checks pedestrian Richard Allen's ID card Aug. 25 at the Wilson Gate. Walden Security officers provide security at all 13 of Fort Sam Houston's access control points.

    Security Check

    Aaron Franklin, Walden Security, checks pedestrian Richard Allen's ID card Aug. 25 at the Wilson Gate. Walden Security officers provide security at all 13 of Fort Sam Houston's access control points.

  • Bessie Scott, site and security manager, ID Card Section, takes a fingerprint reading from Patricia Arzola so she can issue Arzola a new ID card Aug. 25 at the In and Out Processing Center. "I love customer service," Scott said. "I love to work with Soldiers and all of my customers."

    Fingerprint

    Bessie Scott, site and security manager, ID Card Section, takes a fingerprint reading from Patricia Arzola so she can issue Arzola a new ID card Aug. 25 at the In and Out Processing Center. "I love customer service," Scott said. "I love to work with...

  • Spc. Anastacio Rivera fills a prescription Aug. 25 for Susan JuVette at the Satellite Pharmacy here. Rivera, a pharmacy technician, said he enjoys helping patients get the prescriptions they need. "I really enjoy helping retirees. I feel like I'm returning a favor," he said.

    Pharmacy

    Spc. Anastacio Rivera fills a prescription Aug. 25 for Susan JuVette at the Satellite Pharmacy here. Rivera, a pharmacy technician, said he enjoys helping patients get the prescriptions they need. "I really enjoy helping retirees. I feel like I'm...

Americans set aside a day each year to pay tribute to the nation's workers, and the contributions they have made to the strength and well-being of the nation.

The holiday dates back to Sept. 5, 1882, when the Central Labor Union celebrated the first Labor Day with a demonstration and picnic in New York City.

Since that time, Americans have celebrated Labor Day with parades, barbecues and long weekends away from the stresses of work and household chores.

For most workers at Fort Sam Houston, Labor Day will equate to a well-deserved day off from work. The normally bustling ID card sections, child-care facilities, schools and training facilities will be unnaturally quiet as employees clock out for the day.

"This office is very busy and when we get a day off we enjoy it," said Bessie Scott, site and security manager, ID Card Section. "We have a great staff and supervisors."

Scott said she plans to relax and spend time with her Family over the holiday weekend.

"I just became a new grandmother, a beautiful baby boy, so I'll spend time with my daughter and her Family," she said.

For others throughout post, the holiday will not signify a day off; it will simply mark the start of another work week.

On Labor Day, Soldiers will pull staff duty at the barracks, dining facility cooks and servers will don their aprons and open facility doors, security officers will stand sentry at the post entry points, and Brooke Army Medical Center health care workers will continue their round-the-clock quality care for wounded warriors and other hospital patients.

"We're the first line of defense against terrorism," said Security Officer Aaron Franklin, from Walden Security. "We understand the importance of protecting this installation."

Thousands of miles away, in far-off places like Iraq and Afghanistan, service members will wake to another long day where their lives are on the line, and their Families are ever-present on their minds.

Whether standing post in Iraq, on staff duty at Fort Sam Houston or off duty at home, all Department of Defense employees deserve a salute and the heartfelt gratitude of our nation.

Page last updated Thu August 28th, 2008 at 11:28