Keep safety priority No. 1 during July 4
July 3, 2012
SAN ANTONIO -- This Fourth of July we mark the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the statement of values and beliefs that launched our country.
These values -- equality, liberty and freedom -- are as strong and inspiring for us as when the words were first put to paper.
As we celebrate our nation's birthday, let's give thanks for the blessings and opportunities of freedom, and honor the dedication, bravery and sacrifices of all those who have made freedom possible.
The Fourth of July is a great holiday for bringing people together, with all the parades, concerts, barbecues and fireworks. Just remember to keep safety priority No. 1. Throughout the "101 Critical Days of Summer," stay focused on preparedness and prevention, especially as you head out onto the road or water. Use your safety equipment and take precautions against overexposure to the sun and heat. If you drink, drink sensibly, and always designate a driver.
Leaders and first-line supervisors, you can make a difference when you practice safety and teach others about safety. Talk with your Soldiers and Civilians -- remind them that accidents don't take a holiday and ensure that they include risk management in their plans, on- and off-duty. Check the U.S. Army Combat Readiness / Safety Center website at https://safety.army.mil for more information on summer safety, including the travel risk reduction tool TRiPS.
CSM Earl Rice and I thank you for making every day Independence Day for the United States of America and wish you and your Families a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July.
LTG Mike Ferriter