Gen. Cone greets soldiers during Thanksgiving
Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, greets soldiers as they enter Resolute Cafe on Fort Eustis, Va., Thanksgiving Day.

FORT EUSTIS, Va. - The winter holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to visit Family and friends, take much needed time off from our daily routines, and reflect on accomplishments of the past year. I extend my heartfelt appreciation and special holiday greeting to all TRADOC Soldiers, civilians, and Family members, especially those with deployed loved ones.

This festive season can be especially dangerous for those who fail to recognize the
special hazards that surround the winter holidays. At home, open flames from candles or fire places and holiday decorations can be a deadly mix. Space heaters and ornamental lights can easily lead to overloaded electrical circuits, while frayed electrical cords or defective lights present a shock hazard, especially to young children.

For many of our newest Soldiers, the 2-week block leave during the holiday will be their first opportunity to return home since joining the Army. Ensure each Soldier receives a thorough safety briefing before they depart. Impress on them how important they are to the Army and remind them that their behavior at home reflects not only on them individually, but on the Army as well.

On the highway, plan ahead allowing ample time for traffic congestion and adverse weather conditions and be alert for impatient or impaired drivers. Even those remaining in the local area for the holidays need to be extra alert. It only takes a moment's inattention to become an accident victim. Stay alert, drive defensively, and don't drink and drive.

Your personal commitment and leadership can make the difference. Start your planning early and make safety awareness a holiday priority. I hope you all enjoy this special holiday season and return safely in the New Year.

Safety Starts Here! Victory Starts Here!

ROBERT W. CONE
General, U.S. Army
Commanding

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