Adjutant General’s 2015 Presidents Day Message

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

SANDSTON, Va. — Presidents Day is an opportunity to recognize the significant impact of the leadership and character of George Washington as well as the other distinguished Americans who led our country as President and Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces. Washington represents the spirit of selfless service and provides inspiration to all of us to continue to work towards making our nation and the world a better and safer place.

For many of us, President’s Day means a long holiday weekend and a chance to spend time with family and friends. Whether you plan to travel, engage in some type of winter sport activity or get a head start on chores around the house to start preparing for spring, it is important to keep safety in mind in everything we do.

We have experienced some unseasonably warm weather here in Virginia recently, but there is still a chance for extreme cold or other hazardous weather conditions in the coming days that could make driving or outdoor activities dangerous. We must all be mindful of the dangers of traveling in hazardous weather and take the proper precautions before embarking on a trip. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a great series of winter weather checklists available online at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/beforestorm/supplylists.asp.

As we enjoy this break from our work obligations, remember that we have fellow Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, as well as other members of our Armed Forces, deployed in dangerous places all over the world. Our men and women in uniform continue to do their part to protect the ideals of freedom across the globe, and we look forward to their safe return. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Best wishes to all of you for an enjoyable and safe holiday weekend. Thank you for your continued service to commonwealth and country, and extend my thanks to your families and employers for everything they do to support your role in the mission of the Virginia National Guard and all the organizations in the Virginia Department of Military Affairs.

v/r,

Timothy P. Williams
Brigadier General
28th Adjutant General of Virginia