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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On the Fourth of July, we will celebrate the 246th birthday of the United States. Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence and our Nation’s history. Leaders, before the long weekend, talk to your formations about risk management and prioritizing safety. Discuss topics such as below and relay that alcohol adds risk to every activity; that we must live our Army values 24/7; that we must be available to those in need; and, to never leave a teammate behind.

Fireworks are not authorized on Fort Leonard Wood. If you are using fireworks off post, obey state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations; read the instructions before use; and, maintain safe distance. Firearm owners must remember the fundamentals of handling a weapon and store all weapons not in use either in a safe, a locked case, or with a trigger lock engaged. Never handle fireworks or weapons while under the influence.

If you are operating motorcycles or recreational or utility vehicles, ensure proper training and use protective safety equipment. If you are operating watercraft, ensure you are licensed; wear a flotation device; and follow all laws and regulations. Have a plan for water sports. Know your ability to swim; never swim alone; and tell others your plans and location. When traveling, get adequate rest; wear a seat belt; drive without distraction; and never leave children or pets unattended. Plan and adjust for weather and never drive on roads that are under water.

As summer temperatures and humidity levels remain high, monitor your time outside. Remain hydrated and wear sunscreen. Limit strenuous activities to the cooler parts of the day and have a plan to cool off afterward.

We are proud to serve with you and look forward to seeing you at 4 p.m. July 4th on Gammon Field for Fort Leonard Wood’s Independence Day Celebration!

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