The United States Army has played a critical role for over 244 years in preserving and protecting our Nation's freedom and way of life. As we reflect with pride on our heritage and accomplishments, we must remember the importance of preserving the well-being of our Soldiers, Family Members, and Civilians.

As we celebrate this time off, proactively make safety part of your planning and do not overlook the dangers associated with the holiday. All leaders and supervisors, especially first-line leaders and supervisors, must take positive action to mitigate the risks associated with this long weekend. Stress the importance of using the "Buddy System," responsible consumption of alcohol, staying hydrated during hot weather, and prevention of sexual assault and harassment.

Commanders will ensure that safety briefings and risk management is addressed with every Soldier and Civilian employee at the lowest level and the importance of assuming responsibility for their actions. Every leader must ensure discussions regarding indiscipline and individual and/or group misconduct are conducted and reinforced. We are individually accountable and collectively responsible for our actions in the Republic of Korea. We represent the United States of America and the American people. We must act accordingly.

Thank you for your service and all you do for our Army and Nation. Let's work together to ensure the entire Eighth Army family enjoys an accident-free holiday without the loss of life or serious injuries. Remember, each of you are a vital part of the Eighth Army Team!

Pacific Victors!

MICHAEL A. BILLS
Lieutenant General, USA
Commanding

JASON SCHMIDT
CSM, USA
Command Sergeant Major