Labor Day pays tribute to America’s workforce

| September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski 
Commander, U.S. Army-Pacific

 

Wiercinski

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Our nation will celebrate Labor Day, Sept. 5, as a way to pay tribute to all of our citizens who have worked so hard to create and sustain this great country.

Our nation’s strength, freedom and prosperity would be impossible without the dedication and tireless efforts of the American worker.

Labor Day is also traditionally associated with the end of summer, and it is one last time to enjoy the activities that make summer great. Unfortunately, many of those activities entail greater risks and can lead to tragedy.

Historically, an organization as diverse and engaged as U.S. Army-Pacific will lose at least one Soldier, civilian or family member to a preventable accident during the holiday weekend, but we can prevent that from happening by staying focused on safety.

Our efforts to reduce accidents this year have already paid off.

We have cut our privately owned vehicles and privately owned motorcycle accident rates by more than 50 percent.

Leaders at all levels must stay engaged while making sure that every Soldier understands the risks of drinking and driving, as well as the safety, regulatory and legal requirements for operating a motorcycle.

Through our continued focus and diligence, we can keep our Soldiers, civilians and their families safe from these preventable accidents.

This Labor Day, take time to reflect on all the hard work we have done to make our country great.

I challenge you to stay engaged during the long weekend and throughout the rest of the year. Incorporate composite risk management skills into all that you do — at work, at play and at home.

We need you on the USARPAC team!

 

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