November 26, 2013 Leaders, Soldiers and Civilians of the Marne Division; Fort Stewart; Kelley Hill; and Hunter Army Airfield, Thanksgiving is a time for Americans to reflect on our beginning as a Nation and to give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy. Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the winter holiday season and provides an opportunity for Soldiers, Civilians and Family Members to step back and reflect on the things that are truly important in our lives. Please keep SAFETY foremost in your mind as you celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday! Excessive alcohol consumption, long drives, dangerous road conditions, domestic violence, unattended cooking fires, high risk driving and motorcycle/ATV accidents continue to be areas I am concerned about. Remain aware of your surroundings and potential hazards and use your common sense – you are a valuable member of the “Marne Team” and we need each and every one of you back safely after your well deserved break. While the Thanksgiving Holiday Season is a happy time, time for many in our command and their families. I ask be especially mindful of those going through difficult separated from their families and loved ones over this
it can also be a stressful leaders at all levels to times and those that are holiday break.
Whether you are a Soldier or Civilian, you have volunteered to serve without the benefit of knowing where your service may take you. Your Families have volunteered to stand by your side and share in the hardships and sacrifices demanded by the life we have chosen. Together, your selfless service preserves our way of life and enables others, less fortunate than us, to have a better future. I could not be more proud of you and the magnificent work you do each and every day. Jane and I wish everyone a very safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday Season and sincerely hope that each of you will be able to spend it with those that mean the most to you. We have much to be thankful for, not the least of which is that most of the 3rd Infantry Division will be able to spend this Thanksgiving at home with their families. However, as always I ask that you keep the Dog Faced Soldiers still forward deployed, and their families, in your thoughts and prayers. As I begin to reflect and count my many blessings the honor of being the Commanding General of the best Division in the U.S. Army and the privilege of working with the best Leaders, Civilians and Soldiers in the world are at the very top of my list. Enjoy your long weekend - and Happy Thanksgiving! MG Murray ROCK OF THE MARNE – AND ARMY STRONG!