SUBJECT: Columbus Day Safety Message

1. Columbus Day marks the anniversary of the discovery of our great nation. It is also a long holiday weekend. Many of our Soldiers, Families and Civilian employees will set out on their own "voyages of discovery" as they travel and take part in holiday recreational activities. This increases the risk of accidents. We all need to work together to prevent on- and off-duty accidents this Columbus Day holiday weekend.

2. As we near the end of the year, hours of daylight get shorter, and trips should be planned to minimize travel in darkness. Drivers, whether riding on two or four wheels, should get plenty of rest prior to travel, and plan adequate rest stops during their trips. Commanders will ensure Soldiers use the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPS) at to access information on travel risk mitigation.

3. If you walk or ride a bicycle or motorcycle after dark, wear reflective clothing to alert others of your presence and give drivers more time to react. You should ensure you and your bike are fitted with all required safety equipment and that it is in good working order.

4. Safety must always be top priority. Every member of the USASMDC/ARSTRAT family is a precious resource without whom our mission cannot be accomplished. Set the example by looking out for your "buddies," whether they are friends, family or colleagues.

5. Leaders will engage Soldiers and civilians employees with "informal counseling" at all times, not just on holiday weekends. To assist you in developing an effective risk management plan, visit the USASMDC/ARSTRAT Safety website at:


Kevin T. Campbell
Lieutenant General, USA

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