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Team CECOM,

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching and is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate who we are as a Nation and reflect on all the hard work and sacrifices made by countless Americans in the last 246 years.

America's history is rich and diverse because of the brave women and men who fought for freedom and the inalienable rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness that inspired the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was officially approved and signed on July 4, 1776, establishing separation from Great Britain and, in turn, altering the course of our Nation and the world.

As we move into a long weekend filled with barbeques, fireworks and parades, remember to stay safe! Practice caution and remain alert in all your holiday celebrations. Please remember to never drink and drive, and if you don't plan on drinking, consider being a designated driver for your family or friends.

In observance of Independence Day, CECOM will function at reduced manning levels Friday, July 1, 2022. Consistent with mission requirements, I encourage our Army Civilians to take annual leave, with supervisor approval, and our military personnel to use passes or leave. For those military and Army Civilians who will be working Friday, I authorize supervisors to grant a 59-minute early release. As is standard for early release announcements, contractor employees must adhere to the terms of their contract regarding early release and cannot charge the Federal Government for any time while released.

Thank you all for your continued hard work and dedication to our Nation and our warfighters.

Combat Power! Always Ready!

Sincerely,

MG Edmonson