By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
On July Fourth, we will celebrate our nation’s 243rd birthday.
We will commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and honor our rich history.
Two hundred forty-three years ago, America was founded on freedom and the opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Today, at Fort Leonard Wood, we train service members to fight and win our nation’s wars in the name of these cherished principles. We thank America’s sons and daughters who have answered the call to service and who protect and defend these ideals.
Safety is a priority. Identifying risks can save lives and reduce injuries.
Please plan for emergencies, get adequate rest, wear a seatbelt and drive without distraction.
If you drink, have a plan. Never leave grills unattended. Wear personal protective equipment on motorcycles and near or in water. We count on our team to use sound judgment while having fun.
If you use fireworks, read caution labels and stay a safe distance from children, pets and flammables.
Never use fireworks while impaired, and remember that they are not authorized for personal use on the installation.
Whether you are an active or retired service member, a Department of Defense civilian, contractor or family member, you are a part of our Fort Leonard Wood team of teams.
Take care of each other. You are vital to mission success, and we want our team members to return to duty safely.
We are proud to serve with you and look forward to seeing you July 4 on Gammon Field at Fort Leonard Wood’s Independence Celebration.
Happy birthday, America!
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.)