Though he was missing former Command Sgt. Maj. Juan Jimenez, his “battle buddy,” Garrison Commander Col. Glenn Mellor was far from a solo act for the monthly Facebook Live Town Hall Meeting held Thursday.
Mellor was joined by Gary Haught, manager of the Links golf course; Mike Moore, director of safety; Nancy Brown and Ambrosia Patterson with the FBI; and Derrick Gould, director of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The session was broadcast from The Overlook, in front of the Patriot course. Mellor said this was his next to last Facebook Town Hall and next month’s would be around the middle of July.
“I’d like to have the new commander with me,” he said.
Discussing the Links, Haught said improvements have been made to the Patriot and Warrior courses over time while trying not to impede golfers.
“We worked hard to strike a balance between maintenance and playing,” he said. “The greens are faster. Please come and enjoy it.”
Haught also urged golfers to take advantage of tax breaks at the pro shop.
“It is one of the most successful in all of the military (pro shops),” he said. “Come out and check out our clubs; because we are on post, there is no sales tax – you can save up to 9%.”
He said there is a four-person scramble set for July 2 and the Links has an 18-hole “foot golf course.”
“If your family plays soccer, come on out.”
Speaking of outdoor recreation, Moore joined Mellor to talk about safety issues.
The Army observes National Safety Month in June,” he said. “The most dangerous time of year for off-duty mishaps is April through September.
“We need you all back on the team after your leave and other summer plans.” “
Moore said the Army lost nearly 100 Soldiers last year in “off-duty mishaps.”
July is historically the deadliest month for Army off-duty mishaps,” he said. “Private motor vehicle mishaps are particularly prevalent during July.
“In FY ‘21, the Army lost 104 Soldiers and two Department of the Army civilians to fatal mishaps; more than were lost in FY ‘20.”
He also urged people to be safe with personal watercraft, make sure lifejackets fit for all – especially children.
“Ride defensively,” he said. “This is a high-speed watercraft … please be careful.”
Moore also said for people to stay hydrated and cool in the summer heat.
“Drink plenty of water,” he said. “Adult drinks don’t mix well with hot weather.”