Columbus Day is a distinctive American holiday acknowledging those who shaped the destiny of the New World. Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members are the new generation of innovators and pioneers who continue to uphold the finest values of our country through discipline, ingenuity, and unity in the pursuit of great goals.

As we move into the fall and winter season, many will spend more time indoors so now is a good time to prepare furnaces, heaters, stoves, and fireplaces for safe operation. Maintain ventilation to avoid build up of dangerous carbon monoxide in your home. Ensure smoke detectors are in proper working order and change batteries if necessary. Find information on these and other timely safety topics in the IMCOM Fall Winter Safety Brochure at Remember -- safety takes no holiday.

According to the National Safety Council, more than 40,000 people are killed and more than 3 million people are injured in motor vehicle crashes. Crashes are the leading cause of injury and death for all people between the ages of 3 and 33. Driving defensively, refraining from texting or talking on cell phones while driving, making sure your vehicle is in top running condition, avoiding driving under the influence and following posted speed limits will reduce your likelihood of getting into a motor vehicle accident.

Sarah and I hope you enjoy your holiday without taking unnecessary risks. Look out for each other. Together, we can save lives!

Take care, and thanks for all you do.

LTG Rick Lynch
Commanding General
Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, and
US Army Installation Management Command