Think safety this season avoid holiday stressors

Fort George G. Meade, MD -- As we roll into the holiday season, I want to again personally thank all of our 70th Intelligence Wing Wingmen for wrapping up the 101 Critical Days of Summer with no fatalities and only one serious injury across our entire 7,000 Airman wing.

I ask that you continue to keep our wing's safety mindset in place throughout this wonderful season.

Our successful 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign was a significant achievement.

As we enter the holiday season, we must continue to maintain that trend of being safe...and we'll do that through your strong leadership.

The holiday season is a very enjoyable time of the year for most, but it can be stressful for some. This season we may be feeling the stresses of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and tensions in Korea as well as other hot spots around the world.

As Airmen in America's Cryptologic Wing, these events may be weighing heavily on our minds because of the missions we do. Additionally, the changes in our Air Force regarding personnel drawdowns may cause some uncertainty and anxiety.

As Wingmen, we must be on the lookout for those types of stressors in our Airmen and help them through this period.

Remember, in the 70th Intelligence Wing, you are "Never Alone"--just read our Pledge Card!

Additionally, Gen. Ronald Keys, Air Combat Command commander, earlier highlighted the age-old holiday stressors of, "Where do we go for the holidays? How much time do we have to get there and back? Can we stretch the budget for travel and gifts? Will I be home or away for the holidays?" as well as too much party fun...and many more.

Combining these work and holiday stressors with alcohol, fatigue, foul weather or heavy holiday traffic congestion can be a dangerous combination and lead to tragic results.

Don't let this dangerous combination creep up on you or your fellow Wingmen.

I sincerely hope you and your family and friends will take some well-deserved down time this season to relax and enjoy the holidays.

As we do, let's be smart and always consider our personal safety and the well-being of our friends and family.

Thank all of you for being good Wingmen and looking after each other...and please be ever watchful of that "other guy" who might not be as safety conscious as we are. My wife Donna and I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season.