Fort AP Hill will observe President’s Day on 18 February and enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the rich legacies of our National Leaders who were crucial in forming our national heritage and instrumental in making our great nation what it is today. The holiday is also a tribute to the General who created the first military badge of merit for the common Soldier. Revived on President George Washington’s 200th birthday in 1932, the Purple Heart medal (which bears President Washington’s image) is awarded to Soldiers who are injured in battle. As with Memorial Day and Veterans Day, this offers another opportunity to honor the country’s veterans.
Before we conduct this long weekend, I want to thank all of you for your tremendous service to our Nation as well as your proven dedication to Fort AP Hill’s mission. I am extremely proud of your commitment and dedication to all our Warriors. This weekend provides a great chance for many of you to reset and spend quality time with Friends and Family. I ask you simply to be safe and to apply composite risk management (CRM) as a life skill. Make sure you manage risks 24/7 with good and informed decisions. Motor vehicle accidents remain the number one killer of our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members. Use the Travel Risk Planning System (TRiPs) at https://safety.army.mil , a proven tool to help identify and mitigate the risks of traveling.
Take care of each other and have a safe and great President’s Day Weekend. 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, 15 February 2013 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 15 Feb 2013.
Thank you again for your selfless service to our great Nation. Enjoy this holiday, but remember to always play it safe.
“Bring Hill Up!!!”
Peter E. Dargle
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander