Soldiers, have fun, be safe this Labor Day

| August 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski,
U.S. Army-Pacific



We should never forget that our nation’s strength, freedom and prosperity would be impossible without the dedication and tireless efforts of the American worker.

Sept. 3, we will pay tribute to all of our citizens who have worked so hard to create and sustain this great nation as we celebrate Labor Day.

Labor Day has also traditionally signaled the end of summer and provides one last time to enjoy the recreational activities that make summer great. However, many of those activities entail greater risks that can lead to tragedy, if we lose our focus.

Last year, our Labor Day weekend began in tragedy when two of our Soldiers drowned in a completely preventable accident. We cannot let that happen again!

We have already lost four USARPAC Soldiers this year to preventable POV (privately owned vehicle) accidents, including three on motorcycles. Leaders must take action to stop this trend by ensuring that every Soldier understands the risks of drinking and driving, as well as the safety, regulatory and legal requirements for operating a motorcycle.

We cannot tolerate unlicensed motorcycle riders, and we must uphold the Army’s motorcycle personal protective equipment requirements in accordance with Army Regulation 385-10.

This Labor Day weekend, we must all stay engaged by incorporating risk management skills in everything we do — at work, at play and at home.

Remember, we need you on the team. We need you to stay in the fight.

Think through each action, make the right decisions and enjoy a fun, relaxing, accident-free weekend.

One Team!

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