By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
Monday, we observe Presidents Day to honor the leaders privileged to serve as the president of the United States and the commander-in-chief of the military.
The origin of this holiday lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of George Washington was first celebrated as a federal holiday. Washington once wrote, “Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country.”
After serving honorably in the American Revolution, he set the standard as the first president of the United States. He resisted the temptation of a third term, demonstrating the need for a peaceful transfer of power in a land founded on the freedoms outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
Throughout the centuries, our presidents have led us through times of great change while our founding ideals of freedom, and justice endured. To bring this a little closer to home, I encourage each of you to reflect on our shared oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
As we take some time off, please look out for your teammates. If you travel, regardless of distance, consider risk factors like traffic and weather. Use the buddy system. Inspect vehicles prior to travel.
Wear seat belts, obey posted speed limits, and use hands-free devices. Avoid anything that impairs your ability to drive safely, such as texting, alcohol and sleep deprivation.
Keep making responsible choices. Come back to work safe and sound.
Remember, too, our fellow service members who cannot come home this weekend as you enjoy quality time with family and friends.
Thank you for making our team and Fort Leonard Wood better each day. We are proud to serve with you.
Victory starts here — victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Martin is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Breckinridge is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)