Fourth of July Safety Message from the Commander

  • Published
  • By Gen. Kevin Chilton
  • Air Force Space Command commander
Independence Day carries special significance to those of us who are serving our country in a time of war. Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, our nation has proudly represented and fought for the ideals that all are created equal and have the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Whether deployed around the world or providing combat effects from home, Air Force Space Command's Airmen are actively defending the freedoms our forefathers fought so hard to establish 231 years ago.

Our nation's birthday is a time of celebration. As you enjoy your well-deserved break, remember to put safety first. Plan your activities in advance, identify risks and take the necessary precautions to make this a mishap-free 4th of July holiday for yourselves, your families and your fellow citizens. Remember that alcohol or fatigue does not mix with driving, riding or water sports. In addition, keeping your seatbelt buckled or wearing the proper protective gear significantly increases your chances of surviving an accident. I challenge you to make the right choices and to safely prepare for any situation. Wingman support is also key and ensures we make safety a team event.

Commanders and supervisors, look your troops in the eyes and make sure they think about risks when planning activities. Remember that safety is a choice - don't take it for granted. Airmen, plan your activities in advance, protect yourselves appropriately, get plenty of rest and don't let alcohol impair your judgment. Every AFSPC base has a program to provide rides for those who need one and I encourage you to take advantage of these services if you find you've had too much to drink.

Every AFSPC family member is vital to our command's success and the defense of this great nation. I share our nation's gratitude and pride for your dedicated service. Cathy and I wish you a happy and safe Independence Day, full of celebration, relaxation and enjoyment.