Adjutant General’s Thanksgiving Holiday Message

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

SANDSTON, Va. — Thanksgiving is a time of year filled with wonderful traditions from great food to big games to happy gatherings of family and friends. It is the time of year where we pause and reflect on the many blessings we have in our lives. I am thankful for the great work that each of you do to help make sure we effectively balance the demands of our federal and state missions.

As we all gather together over the holiday weekend, please remember that we have Soldiers and Airmen in the Virginia National Guard, as well as other branches of service, who are away from home. We are all very fortunate these brave men and women are serving their country and defending the ideals of freedom in a foreign land, and we should keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they are separated from their loved ones for the holiday.

For many of us, family gatherings at Thanksgiving will involve travel. Before you get on the road, make sure that you get plenty of rest. As you plan your trip, be sure you have scheduled breaks along the way. The Travel Risk Planning System at 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 to 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 physical activities. Drinking and driving should never be mixed!

Every Soldier, Airmen, member of the Virginia Defense Force, civilian employee and family member is a vital member of our team, so we all must work together to make sure we are safe in the things we do. Whether they are our friends, family, neighbors or work colleagues, we all will benefit by looking out for each other and staying safe. Read more Thanksgiving safety tips here:

Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful and safe holiday weekend. Thanks for everything you do in service to commonwealth and country.


Timothy P. Williams
Brigadier General, Virginia National Guard
The Adjutant General