Soldiers and families of the 80th Training Command

On behalf of the command team and our families, I'd like to thank you for your efforts and your support. We are going through transformation initiatives, mission alignments and focusing on our FGR2 data while running a full-time mission set. My hat is off to you for your commitment and doing all that is possible to keep the plane in the air.

While we are turning the corner on FGR2 data, it seems appropriate at this stage of the approaching holiday season to remember that behind every number, percentage, or radio button, there is a Soldier directly impacted. I ask that we focus these next couple of months on our Soldiers and their families in terms of the following: career tracking and counseling, evaluations, APRT, height and weight, Medical and overall key readiness indicators. Let's not turn our focus away from our most precious commodity, people.

I encourage you to spend this time over the next week with your family and loved ones. Life is something we take for granted; therefore it is important to put extra emphasis on safety during the holiday season. Wear seatbelts, appoint a designated driver, do not text or talk on your cell phone while driving. Check on your loved ones, family members, friends, co-workers and fellow Soldiers; make sure they're not spending the holiday alone.

My personal challenge to you is that we keep our 80th TC team intact by never losing another Soldier to a motorcycle or automobile accident, suicide, or otherwise. We are in the business of people. The success of the command, the Army, and this Nation is about the success of people! Please give me your buy-in and commitment to taking care of each other.

I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving as you are in our hearts and prayers!