MSCoE CG and CSM Send: Think safety over Memorial Day weekend

By Maj. Gen. Christopher Beck, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, and MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood Command Sgt. Maj. Jorge ArzabalaMay 25, 2023

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — On Monday, we observe Memorial Day to honor those who gave their all in service to our nation. Whether attending an event or pausing at 3 p.m. for one minute in the National Moment of Remembrance, we encourage you to reflect upon their and their families’ service and sacrifices.

Memorial Day weekend also marks the unofficial start of summer. Leaders, before the weekend, talk to your team about risk assessment and mitigation, including topics below. Know their individual challenges, concerns and plans; be available and stay connected; always make professional corrections; and never leave a teammate behind.

Check the weather before you head out. Warmer weather increases the risk for heat injuries. Communicate a plan on how to remain cool, hydrate and prevent or respond to sun- or heat-related injuries. Never leave children or pets in a vehicle unattended. Whether at home, on the road, in a recreational area or on a waterway, have a plan to seek shelter in severe weather or high winds. Do not attempt to cross roads covered in water.

If you are operating a motorcycle, recreational vehicle or watercraft, know the regulations, training, licensing requirements and required personal protective equipment. Never operate a vehicle while distracted, drowsy or impaired. Alcohol adds risk to every activity; about one-third of vehicle mishaps occur after drinking. Watch out for each other and have the courage to intervene if someone attempts to operate a vehicle while intoxicated or other high-risk behavior.

If you own a firearm, follow all regulations and store weapons not in use, either in a safe, a locked case or with a trigger lock and never handle a weapon while inebriated.

We are proud to serve with you and want you to observe this Memorial Day weekend safely.

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