Have a happy, safe holiday season
December 16, 2010
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Let me begin by wishing you all a very happy and safe holiday season. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to command so many fine Soldiers, leaders, family members and civilian employees on Fort Jackson. I want to thank you for your hard work. You are all very important to our mission here and to the Army's overall mission.
When you take part in holiday celebrations and festivities in the next couple of weeks, I expect you to conduct yourselves responsibly. Please exercise good judgment and maintain good safety practices.
I cannot afford to lose any of you.
As always, your safety is my primary concern. Safety within my command is my top priority. Under no circumstances do I want to lose you or find out that you have been injured in an accident that could have been avoided.
I am expecting you to do your part in maintaining your safety and the safety of others around you. Keep your head in the game and know what you need to do before you start doing it. Stay alert and pay attention to the rules. Use good common sense and steer yourself away from dangerous situations.
If you are celebrating where alcohol is being served, don't be "That Guy" or "That Girl," if you know what I mean, and I think you do. Exercise good judgment at all times, and avoid being careless so that you don't stumble or stagger into harm's way. A lapse could cost you your life.
When you are driving, be aware of safe vehicle operation and the rules of the road. Under no circumstances should you ever drink and drive. Alcohol and driving are a dangerous - if not a deadly - mix.
If you maintain good discipline, you are practicing good safety. Use your leave wisely in visiting your family and friends, and remember that your mission is not complete until you return safely. You are important to Fort Jackson's success and to the success of the Army as a whole.
Take some time to think about your comrades who find themselves thousands of miles away from their homes. Many are spending their holiday season in hostile places, fighting to protect the many freedoms that make our country the greatest place in the world. Never lose sight of that.
My very best to you and yours during this holiday season. Have a great time, and I expect all of you to return safely!
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