The Bayonet

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Take time to reflect on two of nation’s greatest leaders

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As you observe President’s Day, please take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the day, which is to honor two of our nation’s greatest leaders — George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. During the American Revolution, George Washington led the Continental Army to victory against overwhelming odds and in the face of substantial obstacles. He was, as John Adams remarked, “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Likewise, Abraham Lincoln led our nation during our most dire hour. His courage, perseverance, and leadership preserved the Union and abolished slavery. Lincoln’s leadership ensured that “the government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

During the holiday weekend, be mindful of potential safety hazards. If you are traveling, plan ahead and check road and weather conditions. All Soldiers traveling outside the Chattahoochee Valley area must complete a Travel Risk Planning System (TRIPS) report online at Leaders should ensure all Soldiers receive safety briefings. Follow these safety tips for an enjoyable weekend:

• All motorists should wear seatbelts, obey posted speed limits and drive sober. If you consume alcohol, do not drive — have a designated driver. • Motorcycle riders should always wear a helmet and other approved motorcycle personal protective equipment. • Check and replace the batteries in household smoke detectors and carbon monoxide testers • Be professional, disciplined and look out for each other.

In addition, please take a moment this weekend to remember our fellow Soldiers who are deployed around the world, especially those serving in Afghanistan.

And whether you are on duty or off, make it your responsibility to help those around you achieve excellence. Do not hesitate to help others improve, and if you see a way that something can be done better, speak up. One Force, One Fight!

— Maj. Gen. H. R. McMaster Commanding general

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