IMCOM CG asks all to have a safe Independence Day

| July 4, 2014 | 0 Comments


Lt. Gen. David Halverson
U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO  — Each year, people come together on the Fourth of July to celebrate America’s freedom with backyard barbecues, community parades and, for some, fireworks.
On this occasion, let us remember the meaning of this day.
Many people will celebrate this Independence Day as President Adams intended — by attending parades, festivals and fireworks displays and by hosting  barbecues.
While these events are fun and celebrate the birth of this great nation, they can also be dangerous. Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Hartless and I want to remind everyone to focus on safety this Fourth
of July.
The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a public display conducted by professionals. However, if fireworks are legal where you live, parents and caregivers should be especially cautious and never allow children near fireworks.
The holiday may also bring fires and injuries due to outdoor cooking. By taking a few fire safety precautions, you can ensure that everyone enjoys a safe Independence Day.
Keep fire pits and barbecue pits away from structures, tents, patio covers or overhanging trees. Keep the fire to a minimum and have a means of extinguishing it nearby. Enjoy the experience with a few
This year, a number of you will travel to holiday hot spots or visit friends and family. The odds of being involved in an accident are higher during this holiday period. Be aware of the risk factors: fatigue, distractions and road conditions and never text while driving.
You are a valued member of our team. Look out for yourself, your family and your buddies. The loss of anyone is heartbreaking. Come home safe.
Finally, the holidays can be stressful. If you find yourself anxious, fearful or depressed, seek help. Your family, friends and co-workers all care. Watch out for each other
Every holiday is a chance to get away and recharge your batteries. Get out and have fun. Remember, those who founded our nation and pledged their lives, fortunes and honor.
Command Sgt. Maj. Hartless and I are proud of all that you do. Be safe this weekend. Army Safe is Army Strong.


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