During his inaugural address in 1881, on the snow-covered East Portico of the Capitol, President Jarnes A. Garfield said "We cannot overestimate the fervent love of liberty, the intelligent courage, and the sum of common sense with which our fathers made the great experiment of self-government." This 4th of July, we will again celebrate the beginnings of this great experiment and the birth of our Nation.It is my hope that each of our Servicemembers, Civilians, and Family members can appreciate and emulate those qualities of our founding fathers, along with all of the Army Values. We are in the midst of a critical season, both because of the important missions ahead and because of the increased risks we all encounter during the summer. As we enjoy well-deserved time off and warmer temperatures, let's all strive to exercise good common sense and plan ahead. We should practice personal courage, respect and loyalty towards our coworkers by helping them consider the hazards and mitigation measures associated with using the roadways, swimming, barbequing, playing sports, boating, and using fireworks this summer season. Tools and additional information are available at: https://safety.army.mil and http://www.nsc.org/learn/Pages/safety-events-summer-safety.aspxOur missions have a unique and essential role in the continuation of the work started some 240 years ago on July 4th, 1776. Remaining vigilant and managing risk throughout the crucial months ahead is key to our success.I wish each of you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.BRADLEY A. BECKER MG, US Army Commanding