FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- As I take a moment to reflect on the past year here at the Home of Army Aviation, I am continually amazed by the accomplishments of our talented men and women who serve at Fort Rucker. I would like to extend warm wishes for a happy, relaxing, festive and safe holiday season and thank you and your families for all that you do to make our community the best the Army has to offer! You all should be extremely proud of what you do for our Army and our nation.

While you are enjoying your holiday traditions this year, I ask that you keep those that are deployed and their loved ones in your thoughts and prayers as they defend the freedoms that we are truly blessed to have in our great nation. Their service and sacrifice should be honored not only during the holiday season but throughout the year.

The holidays are a very special and magical time of the year for many; however, for some it can be very stressful or lonely. Please take special care of your teammates and look after one another. If you have room at the table, consider inviting someone who may not have family in the area and are not able to visit family to celebrate with you. We are after all, one team, one Army family and the saying "we take care of our own" can be especially important around the holidays.

While many of those who work and live on Fort Rucker will be enjoying leave and celebrating the holidays, I want to assure you that the garrison staff will remain available to help Soldiers, their family members or employees who are struggling physically, mentally, spiritually or financially. Our Fort Rucker and our Garrison South team at Eglin AFB does an amazing job taking care of our community and it is because of what each one of you do day after day that makes this place truly special.

Again, on behalf of Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Spivey, myself and the entire Fort Rucker Garrison Command Group, have a safe and joyous holiday season, and we wish you all the best in the upcoming New Year!

We are the Army's Home!