By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin
and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
On Monday, we will observe Columbus Day. In 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas, altering the course of history and changing our world forever. This observance allows us to reflect on the humble beginnings of what would eventually become our great nation.
As you think about the values of our nation and our profession, we encourage you to spend quality time family, friends, and loved ones. Fall sports, community events and the beauty of the changing season make this an enjoyable time of year.
We also ask you to renew your commitment to safety. Each of you is a vital member of our Team of Teams and enables mission success.
Always have a plan to prevent accidents, especially as visibility and weather conditions may change quickly this time of year.
Have a plan if you intend to stay outside for an extended period of time. If you travel — regardless of distance — plan for increased traffic, weather and other risk factors. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order. Wear seat belts and obey posted speed limits.
Keep emergency supplies and enough fuel in your vehicle. Use hands-free devices and avoid anything that impairs your ability to drive safely. Texting, alcohol, and sleep deprivation raise the risk of motor vehicle accidents. Continue to be the example and make responsible choices.
On behalf of a grateful nation, we 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.)