This Independence Day, we celebrate our Nation's 238th birthday. For the men and women who serve our great country, whether as Soldiers, Civilians or Family members, this day reminds us that defending our Nation is a pursuit that requires persistent and disciplined commitment each and every day. It is more than just the birthday of our Nation, it is a day we celebrate freedom.

This Fourth of July, as we reflect on the many things happening in our Army, our country and around the world, I ask all of our great Soldiers, Civilians and Families to stick together as members of our USAREUR team by looking out and caring for one another every day.

It is important to recognize that during the summer months, our military communities experience increased stressors associated with transitions, relationships and finances. Leaders must know and engage their Soldiers, and we must create climates of trust where members of our command feel safe and comfortable getting the help they need.

I challenge leaders at every level to heighten your awareness about risk factors, warning signs and available resources, especially during these summer months of increased risk. Get to know those under your charge; show them that you genuinely care by increasing access to available resources to help in their time of need. There is no substitute for engaged leadership.

As you enjoy the summer months, celebrate our Nation's birthday and the freedom that we and those before us have sacrificed so much to protect, please stay safe and act responsibly.

Thank you for your dedication and selfless service to our Army and our country. May God bless you and may God bless America! Strong Soldiers, Strong Teams!

-Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell Jr.
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