The yuletide season is upon us, and CSM Perry and I wish you a joyous, relaxing and safe holiday break. Take this well-deserved time to nurture your resiliency. Enjoy special moments with friends and family. Do the things that make you happy, but always keep safety in mind.
We work hard and move at a fast pace throughout the year, so we encourage you to slow down and reflect on your importance to the Fort Lee and Army team. If traveling this holiday season, take precautions and have patience. Leaders and commanders at every level have the responsibility to speak with their military members and civilian employees about safety, and ensure they have a risk management plan. The keys to a safe and successful holiday are leader involvement, awareness and teamwork.
Many within our workforce will travel this year. Please give yourself ample time and avoid speeding en-route to your destinations. Maintain situational awareness by checking the weather and road conditions. Be sure to check your personally owned vehicles. Always use seatbelts, and never text and drive. Remain alert by taking breaks, utilizing alternate drivers and avoiding driving while fatigued. Taking unnecessary risks can turn a festive time into a tragic one.
Leaders also should discuss other safety topics that can lead to incidents including fire mitigation strategies (when using decorations or cooking), winter sports safety and alcohol consumption. If you are of legal age, drink responsibility and never get behind the wheel.
Also keep in mind that the holidays are meant to be a time of celebration, but for some it can be difficult. We must be observant as leaders and offer every resource available to those who show at-risk behavioral signs. The Army is people, and we look out for one another.
Whatever your plans, manage your risks to make this a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Enjoy your well-deserved break and keep in mind our service members and civilians deployed overseas. Stay vigilant, look after each other, and keep those around you safe. I look forward to seeing each of you back to work in the New Year. Thanks for your outstanding service. Have fun and happy holidays.
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