1. Our Winter Safety Campaign is well under way as Soldiers, Army civilians and their Families are making preparations for the holiday season. As you take advantage of this time to visit friends and Family or just enjoy the downtime of the long weekends, I ask that you look out for others and make the right choices for yourself.

2. Discuss your plans with your leader, supervisor and Family and consider their advice. I expect supervisors to make eye contact with your Soldiers and Army civilians, reinforcing practices and principles that we know mitigate risk and prevent accidents. Be personally involved in their holiday planning and reinforce your commitment to their welfare.

3. For those who are traveling, exercise caution as winter weather and holiday traffic may complicate your plans. Ensure you rest and adequately prepare for your trip. Drive defensively, buckle up, don't drink or speed and avoid distractions.

4. Particularly at this time of year, remember our Soldiers and Army civilians deployed in harm's way around the world, and their Families back home. Although a time of joy and celebration, this season brings unique environmental hazards that can be unforgiving to those who are unprepared. So be prepared, stay focused and have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season and New Year!

5. "Above the Best"