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Keeping fit, staying safe in New Year

Published: 11:18AM January 24th, 2013

Our nation observed the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday. This holiday allows us time to celebrate the life of this great American.

As we commemorate Dr. King’s life and begin what will be another fast-paced year, leaders and supervisors throughout the command must take a pro-active interest in the safety of our Soldiers, civilian employees, contractors, and Family members.

Many of you have made resolutions to increase your fitness. There are several programs available to assist you in keeping your resolution. Work with a friend or Family member — it makes it much easier. Make a plan, keep a journal, and stick with it. You can do it!

During this time, many of you will be traveling, so renew your commitment to safety. Each of you is a valuable member of our team. Winter travel is especially dangerous with severe weather throughout the country and overseas. Do not become, or allow your Family members or friends to become, a statistic. Plan ahead, drive defensively, avoid driving when tired, do not drink and drive, and use extra caution at all times. Enjoy your holiday and exercise good judgment. The Travel Risk Planning System is an excellent vehicle accident prevention tool for assessing risk and allows supervisors an opportunity to engage with Soldiers to mitigate risk factors. Access TRIPS online at https://safety.army.mil/ to initiate a travel assessment prior to travel.

The command sergeant major and I want each of you to know that you are valued. Keep an eye out for your battle buddy and prevent suicides. Prevention information is at http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/default.asp. If you have immediate concerns, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

As Command Sgt. Maj. Rice and I visit our installations, we see outstanding work. Thank you for everything you do for our Soldiers and Families every single day. Your personal involvement and genuine concern will make a difference and ultimately save lives. Doing so will also help ensure we continue to lead the Army with our accident-prevention efforts and protect our most precious resource — our people.

Army Strong!