By Brig. Gen. James Bonner
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 weekend, we get to reflect upon the origins of our nation, profession and values.
We encourage you to spend quality time with family and friends. The fall season in Missouri is a great opportunity to enjoy the cooler weather, spend time outdoors and prepare for the holiday season.
Suicide prevention month is over, but our efforts to protect our teammates should never stop. Know and care for your people; learn about their situations, and identify potential stressors to help ensure all of our teammates safely return from the long weekend.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have major impacts on our nation, and the case rates in the counties surrounding the installation continue to escalate. Take care of yourself and others by adhering to the guidance of state and local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and General Order No. 3.
If you are going to travel over the long weekend, take the time to make sure you do so safely. Inspect your vehicles; follow posted traffic safety measures, and keep emergency supplies in case of an emergency. If you plan to ride a motorcycle, protect yourself with a Department of Transportation-approved helmet and full-length clothing.
Make a plan, get adequate rest and never drink and drive.
Remember that archery season is now underway in Missouri. Be mindful of deer and hunters, especially in the early morning hours.
Continue to be the example and make responsible choices.
We are proud to serve with you, and we hope you have a great weekend.
Victory starts here — victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Bonner is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general.)