By LTG Mike Ferriter, commander of Installation Management CommandOctober 1, 2012
SAN ANTONIO -- Columbus Day commemorates the spirit of exploration and the discovery of our great nation.
This holiday also provides a prime opportunity for our Soldiers, Civilians, and their Family members to relax and have fun. Whatever your plans, keep safety at the forefront. Know the risks, such as shorter daylight hours, and make the right decisions to ensure you have an accident-free weekend.
If you are traveling, whether on four wheels or two, do your part to protect lives by driving safely. Use your safety gear, watch your speed and avoid anything--drinking, lack of sleep, texting--that compromises your abilities. Check the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center's travel risk reduction tool, TRiPS, at https://safety.army.mil for more information.
On Sept. 27, along with the rest of the Army, IMCOM stood up for life. When it comes to suicide prevention, we are all in the fight together, everyday. Reach out to those facing personal issues. Talk to them and be the one who did the right thing. If you are facing challenges in your life and think suicide is a solution, please talk to someone. Seeking help is a sign of courage. Prevention information is at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/default.asp. If you have immediate concerns, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
CSM Earl Rice and I thank each and every one of you for your commitment and outstanding service to our Soldiers, Families and Army. Take care of each other and have a safe and great Columbus Day.
LTG Mike Ferriter