SAN ANTONIO -- 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 well-deserved time off for our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members.

As we celebrate, it is important for us to be mindful of holiday hazards. 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 to enjoy this holiday season safely.

The minute you step into a vehicle, there is potential for you to become a statistic. Be aware of your surroundings and use a great deal of common sense. Use the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPs) at https://safety.army.mil to help identify and mitigate traveling risks over the holidays.

Also, be mindful of those for whom this season can be unbearably stressful and offer assistance or referrals as appropriate. More fall and winter safety information is available at the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website: https://safety.army.mil.

Margie and I encourage you to reflect on the blessings of the past year, to remember our Soldiers and Civilians deployed far from home, and to enjoy your own time with family and friends. As you celebrate, have fun and use sound judgment to make good decisions. We are counting on you to return safely. Each and every one of you is important. Take care, and thanks for all you do.

Support and Defend! Army Strong!

Page last updated Tue November 22nd, 2011 at 00:00