Smart choices can make for a safe 4th of July

| July 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Schofield Barracks’ skyline sparkles during a 20-minute firework show, closing out the day’s festivities with a bang. (Photo by Lacey Justinger, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Schofield Barracks’ skyline sparkles during a 20-minute firework show, closing out a past Independence Day’s festivities with a bang. (Photo by Lacey Justinger, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs)

Dr. Christine T. Altendorf
Director, Installation Management Command-Pacific

 

On Monday, July 4, we celebrate the 240th anniversary of the founding of the United States. It is a time for us to celebrate our freedom and independence, and to reflect on the individual liberties that the founding fathers fought for – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The 4th of July is going to be celebrated, Sunday and Monday, with food, concerts and fireworks at Schofield Barracks. It’s a great way to enjoy America’s birthday in a safe and secure environment.

Part of that life, liberty and happiness comes from how you spend your long weekend. The hardworking Soldiers and civilians of the Installation Management Command and Army Hawaii should enjoy their well-deserved time off, and that means keeping safety at the forefront by looking out for your fellow Soldiers, family members and friends.

Reinforce the buddy system and actively engage others on how to mitigate any hazards, like the responsible use of alcohol and the use of fireworks, which are allowed in some places but not permitted on U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii installations. Simple things like staying hydrated and shaded in the heat and using sun block can make the difference between a fun weekend and a serious heat injury.

Authorities advise hikers to obey trail signage and to be extra cautious when walking on loose soil or rock. (Photo courtesy Stefanie Gardin)

Authorities advise hikers to obey trail signage and to be extra cautious when walking on loose soil or rock. (Photo by Stefanie Gutierrez, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs.)

If you’re going off-post, be especially mindful of avoiding the dangerous, off-limits hiking trails and beaches on Oahu.

If you’re driving, be it here or on the mainland, wear your seatbelts and be mindful of any medications that might impair your reaction time. And please don’t text while driving – if it is that important, just pull over to make your call. Everyone should be ready to continue the mission after the weekend.

Leaders at all levels must reinforce safety to their personnel. Today, at the start of the weekend, is a good time to discuss holiday safety at staff meetings, formations, assemblies or any gathering before folks break off.

Thank you for what you do for our country, the Army, IMCOM and the Pacific Region. Let’s make this a true celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by ensuring it is accident and incident free.

Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Hockenberry and I wish each of you and your families a safe and happy 4th of July and the rest of summer.

 

 

 

Palm trees silhouette the fireworks show during the July 4 celebration at Weyand Field, here.  Thousands of people picnicked on the parade field to enjoy Hawaii's biggest July 4 Celebration.

Palm trees silhouette the fireworks show during a  past July 4 celebration at Weyand Field, Schofield Barracks. Thousands of people picnicked on the parade field to enjoy Hawaii’s biggest July 4 celebration.

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