Commander's holiday weekend safety message

Col. Karin L. Watson, Fort Lee Garrison Commander

FORT LEE, Va. – America will celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this weekend.

His contributions to the American Civil Rights Movement changed how we live in this nation and improved our way of life. His words and deeds have inspired a conscientious debate that continues to transform and strengthen us.

Today’s Army family exemplifies the values of selfless service and moral equality that Dr. King so often spoke of. Continue setting the example by knowing what’s right, doing what’s right and staying safety conscious over the holiday and throughout this New Year.

As you set out to enjoy this special observance, please renew your commitment to safety for yourself, your family, co-workers and friend. Winter travel is especially dangerous when there is inclement weather. Do not become a statistic. If driving, be considerate of others on the road. Plan ahead, drive defensively, get rest if you feel fatigued, do not drink and drive, don’t be a distracted driver and use extra caution at all times.

I ask that each of you remain aware of the safety risks that life presents to us every day. The COVID-19 positivity rate is just shy of 16 percent in Virginia, and there has been an uptick of positive cases on Fort Lee over the past few weeks. Be vigilant in applying the mitigation strategies for this aggressive virus. Wearing face masks/shields in common areas, social distancing, washing hands frequently and disinfecting high-touch surfaces are proven methods in preventing the spread of COVID.

This also is a good time to review General Order #1 as you celebrate the holiday. Remember to plan for the days off ahead with a goal toward minimizing hazards and returning to work rested and ready to support our mission.

Thank you for your continued support of our great Army and garrison team. Enjoy your long weekend. Exercise good judgement and always by prepared.

Army Safe is Army Strong!