For 130 years, our Nation has celebrated Labor Day, the “workingmen’s
holiday” as it was referred to in the 1800s. Labor Day celebrates the social
and economic achievements of great American workers, like you, whose
initiative, drive, and determination made our Nation what it is today and
prepares our Nation for the future.
With nearly 1.5 million Soldiers (Active/Reserve/Guard) and Civilians in the
workforce, our Army is one of the largest employers in the United States and
the world. Likewise, Fort AP Hill serves as one of the largest employers in
Caroline County. This Labor Day, we honor you for being such a vital and
vibrant part of what makes our Nation the greatest in the world. Thank you.
This weekend will be a well deserved break for many, filled with good times
with Family and friends. Many of you will take this long weekend to enjoy
one last summer vacation or kick off fall with football games and tailgates.
Throughout this time, we must remain focused on our most important resource,
our people. Without them, the mission is not possible. Whatever your plans,
we ask that your Labor Day plans include risk management and preventive
measures so it ends on a safe and positive note. Look out for yourself,
your buddies and your Families to ensure everyone makes it home.
As you enjoy time off with Family and friends this holiday weekend, we also
ask you keep in mind our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who are
deployed and in harm’s way. Many of these great Americans honed their skills
here at Fort AP Hill. Your efforts to prepare them ensures the long-term
safety and security of our nation. It’s because of you that Americans can
enjoy the freedoms and liberties we all hold so dearly.
To support your planning efforts and facilitate your safe movement to
observe this holiday period, I authorize early departure, up to 59-minutes,
on Friday, 31 August 2012 for the Fort AP Hill Staff and Workforce.
Director Heads will execute all necessary administrative actions to support
this IAW higher policy and regulations as well as ensuring all mission
requirements are satisfied prior to release. Directors report status for
execution to DGC NLT 1200 on 31 August 2012.
Thank you again for your selfless service to our great Nation. Enjoy this
long weekend, but remember to always play it safe.
Peter E. Dargle
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander