1. On 11 November 2011, our nation honors military members past and present. Some of our veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice - to whom, our debt can never be repaid. Our country's military members remain spiritually steadfast, inspiring us with their strength of character and enduring contributions. Whether in military or civilian life, all of our veterans, especially our wounded warriors, deserve nothing less than our best praise and support. This is a special time the country shows our veterans and our military gratitude for all that they have done to keep us safe. As we honor our veterans, may we remember the wonderful things they have done and are doing, we are thankful and wish to celebrate their selfless service to our nation.

2. Many of our military, civilians, and their families will use this holiday weekend to travel outside the local area to visit relatives, friends or enjoy a fall vacation. Commanders and supervisors must ensure that our service members and civilians are informed on the potential hazards during this long weekend. Commanders will conduct safety briefings prior to this holiday weekend, to include discussion on the Battle Buddy System, safe alcohol consumption, fatigue avoidance, seat belt usage and suicide prevention at a minimum.

3. I remind all Soldiers that use of the TRiPS on-line POV risk assessment tool is mandatory for all personnel on leave, pass, or TDY. I also encourage our other service members and civilian employees to use it. The TRiPS tools may be found at https://safety.army.mil/. This is a valuable tool that can save lives.

4. Please have a safe and enjoyable Veterans Day holiday weekend, while remembering our American veterans especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Army Strong!