Labor Day is dedicated to recognizing and honoring our Nation's workforce and also marks the traditional end of the summer season and a well-deserved holiday weekend. I salute the MEDCOM workforce for your service to our Nation; your dedicated service strengthens the AMEDD and enables Army readiness.

As we enter the remaining month of this fiscal year, I would like to congratulate the Command on our 100% reduction in reported fatalities due to accidents. This truly is a remarkable feat and shows dedicated leader and employee engagement across the command. I challenge Leaders to stay engaged and use all available resources to increase safety awareness and educate our Soldiers and Civilians on the application of risk management in their off-duty activities.

Leaders, please use the tools available in the Army's Know the Signs Summer Safety Campaign to enhance your safety programs. Access the tool-box at the Combat Readiness/Safety Center website and click-on the Know the Signs logo at All Soldiers are reminded to have their vehicles inspected and use the automated risk assessment (TRiPS), if you plan to take leave, pass, TDY, or PCS. Additionally, I want all Leaders to emphasize sexual assault risks, prevention, and response in their holiday safety briefings; guidance is available at My goal is to provide a safe and healthful environment for all Soldiers, Civilians, Family Members, visitors, and contractors across our Command.

I encourage Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members to fully enjoy this historic holiday. I challenge each of you to place safety at the top of your holiday plans and make the "right" decision in whatever you do. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. Army Safe is Army Strong.

Serving to Heal...Honored to Serve!

Patricia D. Horoho
Lieutenant General
The Surgeon General and
Commanding General, USAMEDCOM