By Maj. Gen. Donna Martin and Command Sgt. Maj. James Breckinridge
Special to GUIDON
Monday, we observe the 25th Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service to honor the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader.
From the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott to the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C., King shaped key events in American history.
His leadership during these times led our nation closer to its founding ideals of freedom, justice and equality — regardless of race, gender or creed.
Over 50 years later, his example continues to guide us. He taught us to serve others and provide opportunities for their success so that America succeeds.
Each of us can contribute to strengthening our communities through daily service like King.
Choose to honor his service by getting involved.
Whether you serve locally or if you travel — regardless of distance — take into account increased traffic, weather and other risk factors.
Make sure your vehicle is in good working order; wear seat belts, monitor your speed, use hands-free devices, and avoid anything that impairs your driving ability (texting, alcohol and sleep deprivation).
Prepare for weather-related emergencies, including power outages, frozen water lines and hazardous road conditions.
Take precautions when outdoors, and know the symptoms and treatment for frostbite, hypothermia and other cold-weather injuries.
Our team of teams embraces the military’s commitment to build, promote, train and lead a diverse force, ready to meet any challenge, anywhere.
We are proud to serve with you in the greatest team on Earth.
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.)