The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to spend quality time with Family and friends. As we begin this special time of year, my wife Julie and I extend our appreciation to each and every S.C. National Guard Soldier, Airmen, family member and the S.C. Military Department for your sacrifices, selfless service, and personal commitment. To ensure a safe and joyous holiday season, we ask that you think about safety in all activities. Our goal, together, is to have an accident-free holiday. Be aware of and manage daily risks- from hanging lights on your home to traveling the busy roadways. I emphasize that you DO NOT drink and drive and DO NOT text and drive.
To my non-commissioned officers and leaders, I compel you to talk to your troops about looking out for your battle buddies and wingmen in all areas including risks, prevention, and response in your holiday safety briefings. Discuss travel plans with your troops and Family before setting out for your holiday journey. Fatigue is often a risk factor contributing to serious accidents; ensure you are getting adequate sleep as well as nutrition and exercise. Also, if you know someone who may be alone this holiday, please reach out to them.
In reflecting on this past year, I am thankful to be part of The South Carolina National Guard and for the freedoms we enjoy living in this great nation. I am grateful for each of you and the contributions you provide to our state, our Soldiers, Airmen and their Families. To you and your family, Julie and I extend our best wishes for a safe and joyous season.
Julie and CSM Brickely