The start of the holiday season brings many different perspectives to Soldiers and families across our Army. For some, it’s a time of festivities, for others, it brings quiet moments of reflection, looking back at the past year and planning the next.
Regardless of how we choose to spend our holiday, most of us will receive a welcome break that is much deserved.
It’s been a busy year across America’s First Corps, and all of JBLM. Lieutenant General Gary Volesky, I Corps commanding general, and I hit the ground running, and, along with all of you, immediately jumped into numerous deployments and exercises.
I am very proud of our I Corps and JBLM family. Across the world, with numerous missions, you remain ready and resilient. As a member of the JBLM family, you should take pride in your accomplishments and commitment to the mission, and I hope you all enjoy a relaxing and safe holiday season.
Whether you are staying in the area or traveling to other locations to be with family and friends, I ask that you all take time to practice the same safety measures off duty, that you adhere to while in uniform. Areas of consideration during this time of year are road conditions, and other vehicle safety hazards. Driving while impaired due to alcohol consumption or extreme drowsiness are both extremely dangerous. Have a PACE plan — primary, alternate, contingency and emergency — and remember that your battle buddy or supervisor is only a phone call away.
And as we celebrate the holiday season and take joy in spending time with loved-ones, please keep in mind that for some, the holidays can also be a tough time. We have to ensure that we are looking out for one another, and extending a hand to those in need, or those who cannot spend time with loved ones over the holidays. Our JBLM family is strong, and each individual is important and valuable.
2018 will bring a new host of challenges, but I am certain that across JBLM, our team has the resiliency and commitment to accomplish any mission or task ahead, decisively. You have done so in the past, and I know you will in the future.
After you recharge, and enjoy your holidays with friends and family, I ask you all to return motivated and ready to shape the mission for whatever the future holds. Stay physically and emotionally ready to maintain a high level of fitness.
America’s First Corps, and all units on JBLM, must always be prepared to deploy, fight and win, decisively and each of you are extremely valuable to that effort.
I cannot express enough how grateful I am for all of you who support and continuously make so many sacrifices for the Army and our great nation. Please remember to keep your thoughts and prayers to our deployed service members and their families. General Volesky and I thank you, and pray for your safe return.
Ultimately, General Volesky and I want to wish you all, and your families, a safe and blessed Holiday Season.
America’s First Corps, Courage!