Adjutant General’s 2015 Thanksgiving Holiday Message

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

SANDSTON, Va. — Each year at Thanksgiving we should take time from our busy work and personal schedules to remember the many blessings we enjoy. With recent tragic events experienced around the globe, it is more important than ever to take stock in the positive and celebrate the good in our world.

One of the things I am most thankful for is the continued service of every member of the Virginia National Guard team who makes a contribution to being ready for both our state and federal missions. Every Soldier, Airman, member of the Virginia Defense Force, civilian employee and family member has an important part to contribute, so we must work together to make sure we are safe in all the things we do.

This holiday weekend – and every weekend – we all need to watch out for our battle buddies, wingmen and co-workers. If you or someone you know is in crisis, don’t hesitate to seek help by calling 1-800-273-8255 and press ’1′ for the Military Crisis Line or text to 838255. They are all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If your Thanksgiving plans involve time on the road, please be sure to get plenty of rest and have a plan that includes regular rest breaks before you start the drive. The Travel Risk Planning System at https://trips.safety.army.mil/ is a valuable tool to help mitigate risks associated with travel.

Remember that if you plan to consume alcohol as part of your holiday activities do so responsibly. It is important to know your limits and recognize that alcohol consumption impacts your ability to drive or take part in other activities. Drinking and driving should never be mixed!

Read more about Thanksgiving safety on the Joint Base Langley-Eustis web site at http://go.usa.gov/cjXKV.

It is also important to be vigilant and maintain heightened situational awareness. The best mindset to have is “See Something, Say Something.” If you observe any suspicious activity, please contact the Virginia Fusion Center Hotline 877-482-8477. You can also find more information at the Fusion Center’s web site at http://www.vsp.state.va.us/FusionCenter/ and download the “See Something. Send Something.” mobile phone app.

Please keep our Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, as well as other members of our military, who are serving in a far away place and away from their families in your thoughts and prayers, Their service and sacrifice is something in which we should all be thankful.

From my family to yours, I wish everyone the best for a safe and joyful holiday weekend. Thanks to each and every one of you for the contribution you make in service to commonwealth and country.

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams
The 28th Adjutant General of Virginia