Defender 6 sends: Holidays are not a time to be safety complacent

| November 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch
Commander, Installation Management Command


WASHINGTON — Thanksgiving is a time for Americans to reflect on our beginning as a nation, and give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy.

Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the winter holiday season and provides an opportunity for Soldiers, civilians and family members to focus on what’s important and their resiliency.

Do not become complacent toward the hazards surrounding us during the holidays. Excessive alcohol consumption, road conditions, fall sports activities, domestic violence, unattended cooking, high-risk driving and suicidal behavior continue to be areas of concern.

For the sake of your family, battle buddy and yourself, take the time to plan to responsibly enjoy this holiday season safely.

The minute you step into a vehicle, there is potential for you to become a statistic, if you don’t remain aware of your surroundings and use a great deal of common sense.

Be mindful of those for whom this season can be stressful and offer appropriate assistance.

I encourage you to reflect on the blessings of the past year, remember our comrades deployed far from home and enjoy well-deserved time with family and friends.

By all means, have fun, but use sound judgment.

You are a cherished member of an elite fraternity; your country and your Army are counting on your safe return.

Take care, and thanks for all you do.

Defender 6.

Use the Travel Risk Planning System at to identify traveling risks and reduce the chance of an accident while traveling over the holidays. Information on safety topics is available at and at



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