Adjutant General’s 2015 Labor Day Safety Message

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams

SANDSTON, Va. — Each year the Labor Day holiday honors the contributions our workforce has made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our nation, and it has also grown to become the holiday that marks the end of summer. While enjoying this much-deserved break from our work obligations, it is very important we keep safety in mind in everything we do.

If you will be on the road to visit family or friends over the weekend, have a plan for your trip keeping in mind that traffic will be heavy. You should always wear your seat belts and make sure your passengers wear theirs as well. Allow enough time to safely travel to your destination, avoid traveling at excessive speeds and schedule regular stops every two hours on long trips.

Alcohol consumption is also a common part of many Labor Day holiday activities, be responsible. Drinking and driving is a recipe for disaster, but alcohol can also impair activities like boating and swimming and should be avoided as well.

The Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation web site has additional Labor Day safety tips at http://www.armymwr.com/labor-day-safety.aspx.

Even while we enjoy fun with family and friends this weekend, we must also remain vigilant at all times. Every Soldier, Airman, Virginia Defense Force member, civilian and family member must maintain heightened situational awareness and vigilance, and 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.

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.

It is also important to remember that while most of us will be enjoying a holiday this weekend, there are members of the United States Armed Forces on duty all over the world who are doing their part to help keep us safe and secure. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Every member of our military and civilian workforce is an important part of the team that enables the Virginia National Guard to accomplish its mission, and I hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend and safely returns to work on Tuesday.

 

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