Brigadier General Akin's Thanksgiving Message for the 3rd ESC
By Brig. Gen. Robin AkinNovember 22, 2010
25 November 2010
Happy Thanksgiving 2010!
On behalf of the entire 3d Expeditionary Sustainment Command, I want to take this opportunity to wish you the warmest of Thanksgiving holidays.
Americans have gathered since 1621 to give thanks for a bountiful harvest and the many blessings bestowed on their Families and friends. As we gather on this National Holiday formally established by President Lincoln in 1863, we are all thankful for our Soldiers, friends, Families, and especially those who cannot be with us because they continue to fight and support our way of life overseas.
As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. But we should be most thankful for the freedom that makes our way of life possible. Since last Thanksgiving, 743 of our fellow comrades have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan protecting those freedoms we hold dear. Please pause a moment and keep them, their Families and loved-ones in your thoughts.
But as you travel to gather around friendly tables this holiday weekend, remember that you are the centerpiece of our formation. Your safe return is of utmost importance. Last year there were 406 fatal traffic accidents across America over the holiday weekend - 10 alone here in Kentucky. Be safe, plan ahead, and ensure we do everything within our power to bring our Soldiers home safe after this enjoyable weekend.
Thank you again for your continued service to our great nation. I am proud to lead- the best Soldiers in the greatest Army in the world! Have a great meal and an awesome Thanksgiving Day.