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On Sept. 2, we will celebrate the achievements of American workers and the contributions they have made to the strength and prosperity of our nation. Labor Day weekend also marks the end of the 101 Critical Days of Summer, a period historically associated with increased accidents and incidents.
As you take a well-deserved break and recharge, bear in mind that we must always exercise safety and continuously manage risk. Labor Day Weekend is a great opportunity to have some final summer time fun with family and friends before autumn events get into full swing.
While this holiday is a chance to relax, always make sure safety is an integral part of your off-duty activities, Prevention of accidents is everyones responsibility and awareness of potential hazards is the key to success.
Arrive alive. Never drink and operate vehicles, watercraft or motorcycles. If alcohol is part of the plan, always plan for a designated driver to get everyone home safely. Think safety. Ensure common sense and safety awareness are part of outdoor recreational activities such as camping, grilling, boating, and swimming. Always wear a lifejacket or personal flotation device when in any watercraft.
Plan ahead. If traveling outside of the Fort Benning and Chatta-hoochee Valley area, all Soldiers have to complete a Travel Risk Planning System (TRIPS) report, which can be found online at https://safety.army.mil. When traveling by car, ensure the driver is well rested, all passengers are wearing seatbelts, and proper vehicle checks have been performed.
Practice motorcycle safety. All motorcyclists must wear personal protective equipment. In addition, motorcyclists must obey the posted speed limit signs. Do not attempt risky maneuvers.
I want to thank all of our Soldiers, Family members and civilians for your service and dedication to our nation.
Please take a moment this weekend to remember our fellow Soldiers who are serving around the world, especially those engaged in combat in Afghanistan.
One Force, One Fight!
Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster Commanding general