LTG Mike Ferriter, commander U.S. Army Installation Management Command

Our Nation will observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month. This holiday allows us time to celebrate and commemorate the life and achievements of this remarkable and great American.

As we celebrate Dr. King's life and begin what will be another fast-paced year, leaders and supervisors throughout the command must take a pro-active interest in the safety of our Soldiers, Civilian employees, contractors, and Family members.

Many of you have made resolutions to increase your fitness. There are several programs available to assist you in keeping your resolution. Work with a friend or family member - it makes it much easier. Make a plan, keep a journal, and stick with it. You can do it!

During this time, many of you will be traveling, therefore take this opportunity to renew your commitment to safety. Each of you is a valuable member to our team. Winter travel is especially dangerous with the unusually severe weather conditions found throughout many parts of the country and overseas this time of year. Do not become, or allow your Family members or friends to become, a statistic. Plan ahead, drive defensively, avoid driving when tired, do not drink and drive, and use extra caution at all times. Enjoy your holiday and exercise good judgment. The Travel Risk Planning System (TRIPS) is an excellent vehicle accident prevention tool for assessing an individual's risk and allows supervisors an opportunity to engage with Soldiers to mitigate risk factors. Access TRIPS online at https://safety.army.mil/ to initiate a travel assessment prior to travel.

The Command Sergeant Major and I want each of you to know that you are valued. Keep an eye out for your battle buddy and prevent suicides. Prevention information is at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/default.asp. If you have immediate concerns, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

As CSM Rice and I visit our Garrisons, we see outstanding work. Thank you for everything you do for our Soldiers and Families every single day. Your personal involvement and genuine concern for your fellow Soldiers will make a difference this weekend and ultimately save lives. Doing so will also help ensure we continue to lead the Army with our accident-prevention efforts and protect our most precious resource - our people.

Army Strong!
LTG Mike Ferriter

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