The United States Army has played a critical role for over 245 years in preserving and protecting our Nation’s freedom and way of life. As we reflect with pride on the Army’s 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 be aggressive and 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.
Engaged leadership and individual commitment are the keys to success. 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.
Continue to follow USFK HPCON and COVID-19 procedures to protect yourself and your family from the Corona Virus. Maintain social distancing, wear masks in publically-confined facilities, and wash hands often. Due to the stop-move order, demands for this summer’s transition will bring a period of heightened organizational and individual stress. It is important to utilize the Chain of Command for any issues that arise.
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!
MICHAEL A. BILLS
Lieutenant General, USA