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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On the third Monday in February, we recognize the birthday of our first president, George Washington. His leadership in the American Revolution and in the formation of our Constitution were critical to the early development and continued prosperity of our nation.

As we honor the holiday, our military, civilian and family members may participate in winter outdoor activities or sports, spend time with loved ones or possibly take leave or pass. Prior to the weekend, please talk with those in your care about managing risk. Know your teammates, their plans and their concerns. Important safety-related topics to discuss include the following:

  • Prepare for inclement weather and take precautions when outdoors. Know and look for symptoms of frostbite, hypothermia and other cold-weather injuries; learn how to treat them.
  • If you decide to travel, make sure your vehicle is in good working order, wear seatbelts and ensure all within your care do the same. Focus on the task of driving; do not drive distracted, sleep deprived or under the influence. Be cautious for icy patches and adjust speed lower for inclement conditions. Avoid flooded areas and do not cross flowing streams. Know and follow all laws both on and off post.
  • Alcohol use increases risk in every activity and situation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive alcohol use is responsible for 261 deaths per day. According to the Combat Readiness Center, drinking and driving kills 28 people per day.
  • Be available for and responsive to others. Live our values and embody our Profession and Ethic at all times. Never leave a teammate behind.

We are incredibly proud to serve with each of you here in the heart of our nation. Enjoy this weekend and be safe!

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