By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and
Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON
On Memorial Day, Monday, we take the time to honor the men and women whose lives were lost in service to our great nation. It is also a time to reflect on the blessings we have and the lifestyle we are afforded because of their bravery. Let us not forget the service or the sacrifices that preserve our freedoms.
On this day, take a moment to pause and reflect on those service members who gave their all. Showing gratitude could even mean stopping by a cemetery to lay a flower or an American flag on the grave of someone who served to protect our nation. We will never forget their bravery, and we honor their memories.
We also encourage you to take advantage of warmer weather and enjoy the many outdoor activities available in the heart of America. However, we ask that you maintain situational awareness and be safe. When using the lakes, rivers, or other water recreation in the area, use safety practices such as wearing personal flotation devices and staying hydrated while enjoying the sun. If you operate any type of vehicle, please be aware of your surroundings and always wear your personal protective equipment. Also, do not consume alcohol when operating any vehicle. This can be avoided by having and adhering to a plan.
Whether you are in the military, a Department of Defense civilian, a retiree, a contractor, or a family member, you are a part of our Fort Leonard Wood team of teams. So, look after one another at work, home and on holiday. Please be safe this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer months. Each of you plays a vital role in the success of our mission, and we want every member of our team to return to duty safely. We are proud to serve with you.
Victory starts here…victory through skill.
(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)