LTG Rick Lynch's Thanksgiving Holiday Message
As Sarah and I enjoy this special time with our family, we encourage you to reflect on the blessings of the past year, remember our comrades deployed far from home, and enjoy well-deserved time with family and friends. By all means, have fun but use sound judgment. You are a cherished member of an elite fraternity; your country and your Army are counting on your safe return.

All,

Thanksgiving is a time for Americans to reflect on our beginning as a nation, and give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy. Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the winter holiday season and provides an opportunity for Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members to focus on what's important and their resiliency.

Do not become complacent toward the hazards surrounding us over the holidays. Excessive alcohol consumption, road conditions, fall sports activities, domestic violence, unattended cooking, high risk driving, and suicidal behavior continue to be areas of concern. For the sake of your Families, your battle buddy and yourselves, take the time to plan responsibly and enjoy this holiday season safely. The minute you step into a vehicle, there is potential for you to become a statistic if you don't remain aware of your surroundings and use a great deal of common sense. Use the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPs) at http://www.imcom.army.mil /hq/officecom/staff/safety/ to identify traveling risks and reduce the chance of an accident while traveling over the holidays.

Be mindful of those for whom this season can be stressful and offer appropriate assistance. Information on safety topics are available in the IMCOM Fall Winter Safety Brochure at http://www.imcom.army.mil/hq/officecom/staff/safety/ and the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website https://safety.army.mil.

As Sarah and I enjoy this special time with our family, we encourage you to reflect on the blessings of the past year, remember our comrades deployed far from home, and enjoy well-deserved time with family and friends. By all means, have fun but use sound judgment. You are a cherished member of an elite fraternity; your country and your Army are counting on your safe return.

Take care, and thanks for all you do.

D6

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