In 1789, President George Washington proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving so that Americans might pause and express gratitude to “the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” As individuals and as citizens, we have much to give thanks for during this season.
While I enjoy the many blessings of being able to live & work in this beautiful part of the Commonwealth, and remain forever thankful for the devotion of my beautiful bride and the wonders of our four children, I would be remiss if I were to not also give my sincere thanks to the incredible AP Hill Family who has faced tremendous challenges over the past year and displayed the resilience required to ensure our continued success. I am forever thankful to the Great People at AP Hill who have truly embraced the concept of the AP Hill Family as an extension of their own. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication in serving our Soldiers, Civilians and Families.
Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and giving thanks for all we have been blessed with. During this time, I encourage everyone to take a well-deserved break and spend time with family and friends. As you take this break, I do ask all of us to keep safety a priority in all activities you have planned. Stay safe and watch out for others by applying the same risk management standard during your holiday activities as you do when you are on-duty. I am certain that many of us will be traveling during the Thanksgiving weekend. If you hit the road, even for a short trip, take into account increased traffic, seasonal weather conditions and other risk factors. A lot of risk factors—such as speeding and driving under the influence—are in our control, so we need to be smart and make the right decisions. We must also be aware that the holiday season traditionally sees an increase in the number of suicides. As we do every day, we need to look out for each other, for our teammates, Family members and friends, and if we recognize potential warnings signs, reach out and help.
On behalf of the Fort AP Hill Command Group, thank you for your selfless service to our great Nation. Wishing you and yours the very best this holiday.
“Bring Hill Up!!!”
Peter E. Dargle
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander