Celebrated annually on the first Monday in September, Labor Day, or the “workingman’s holiday,” has become a national tribute to the significant contributions workers make to the strength, prosperity and economic well-being of our nation. For the AP Hill Family, this day also pays tribute to your incredible professionalism in the face of challenge and to the initiative, drive, and determination you have consistently displayed to ensure our incredible success. The resilience of our workforce continues to promote a positive environment in which we want to live, work, and train. I applaud your selfless service, your commitment to duty, your integrity, and your loyalty to our AP Hill Family.
This weekend will be a well deserved break for many, filled with good times with Family and friends. Celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbeques, and relaxation, Labor Day also represents the unofficial end of the summer and transition to fall. 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 you include risk management and preventive measures so the weekend ends on a safe and positive note. Look out for yourself, your buddies and your Families to ensure everyone makes it back safe.
As you enjoy this holiday weekend, we also ask you keep in mind our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who are deployed in harm’s way. Many of these great Americans honed their skills here at Fort AP Hill and 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, 30 August 2013 for the Fort AP Hill workforce. Directors 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 30 August 2013.
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