SAN ANTONIO (November 3, 2015) - Originally called Armistice Day, Veteran's Day began as a commemoration of the ending of World War I (November 11, 1918). Twenty years later, after World War II, it was recognized as a day to pay tribute to all service members and officially became a Federal Holiday. In 1956 Armistice Day was re-designated as Veteran's Day so it would honor all American veterans.

In addition to honoring all service members, Veteran's Day traditionally marks the end of fall and the beginning of winter. For many of us, this is a good time for Families and friends to get together, which means it will encompass many hazards for our IMCOM Family.

Daylight Saving Time ends every year on the first Sunday in November. As we set our clocks back by one hour in most areas of the country, it starts to get darker earlier. Tips for driving at night can be found at www.ntc.org. Other hazards, like wet leaves, fog, sun glare and frost are a few driving hazards that you may encounter in the fall.

Fall also marks deer breeding season. Deer pay less attention and become bolder as they move around more and travel greater distances seeking mates. Primarily nocturnal feeders, deer are most active between sunset and sunrise, so take appropriate precautions.

Also, put the cell phone down! You can text about the deer later. You are a valuable member of our team, and we don't want to lose you to a distracted driving incident.

Before the cold autumn and winter weather sets in, be sure to call your heating and cooling company to service your furnace. A specialist should inspect the furnace to make sure everything is in working order and that there are no leaks.

Throughout this holiday we must stand by our responsibilities. Be an example to your team in everything they do from wearing a seatbelt to volunteering as a designated driver. Remember that when you take unnecessary risks or tolerate risky behavior from your Soldiers, coworkers
or friends, it always affects someone else, and the consequences can be devastating.

We remain proud of our IMCOM Family and thank you again for what you do each and every day for our Nation. Take a moment on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to honor veterans, past and present. There is no greater testament to your spirit than the continued service you provide to the Army and our Nation. Be safe, but enjoy this Holiday break; you deserve it!

Support and Defend!
Army Strong!

LTG David Halverson/CSM Jeff Hartless