The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is upon us and this is a time that family and friends come together to recognize the blessings that we have received throughout the years. In addition, this is also one of the busiest travel times of the year. Crowded roadways and potentially adverse weather have made this long weekend one of the most dangerous in terms of motor vehicle mishaps. Increased deer activity and intoxicated driving are the leading contributors for fatal mishaps during this holiday weekend. When operating a motor vehicle take time and develop a plan if you decide to consume alcoholic beverages.
We must ensure Airmen at all levels understand the importance of personal risk management and being good Wingmen. This holiday weekend is an excellent opportunity for us to personally do our part to reduce mishaps. Supervisors at all levels must engage their Airmen and ensure they understand their role in mitigating risk for themselves and their families. Additionally, continued education efforts should focus on creative ways to communicate the importance of safety for our younger troops. Success in reducing preventable mishaps depends on strong leadership, effective training, looking out for each other, and leaning on your fellow Airmen.
I challenge all Jayhawks to rise to the occasion and support each other. We can’t afford to lose anyone that belongs to our Jayhawk family.
Our ability to accomplish the mission depends upon each of you. Be responsible, emphasize risk management, and remember to take care of your fellow Wingman. Enjoy this holiday weekend and be safe!
DAVID A. WEISHAAR, Col, ANG
Commander, 184 Intelligence Wing