By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
Thursday, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, kicking off the holiday season for many families.
This is a great time to reflect on all the things we are most thankful for from the past year and spend quality time with friends and loved ones.
Regardless of how you choose to enjoy the holiday, we ask that you keep those in mind who are unable to be with their immediate family and friends, especially those deployed overseas serving our nation.
Let us give thanks for all of the service members, civilians, and family members whose sacrifices allow us to enjoy the freedoms we have as citizens of this great nation.
Keep in mind that more people travel during the Thanksgiving break than any other time of year.
Most service members tend to be far from home and require extensive travel to see loved ones during this time of year.
Maintain situational awareness and return safely.
If you travel — regardless of distance — plan for increased traffic, weather and other risk factors.
Inspect your vehicle, fill your gas tank, wear seat belts and obey posted speed limits.
Stock emergency supplies. Use hands-free devices and avoid impaired driving. Texting, alcohol and sleep deprivation raise the risk of motor vehicle accidents.
Be mindful of your teammates and be sensitive to signs of distress. Reach out and be there for your battle buddy if you feel the need.
You are a vital part of our team of teams. Thank you for all you do. 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.)