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Labor Day safety message

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander, Air Force Space Command, tells his headquarters staff that he wants “hands-on leaders” who are “responsible and accountable” for their mission areas wherever that may be in the command. General Kehler wants the command to look forward, fix mistakes and move ahead rather than “looking back at the launch pad.” (Air Force photo by Duncan Wood)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander, Air Force Space Command, tells his headquarters staff that he wants “hands-on leaders” who are “responsible and accountable” for their mission areas wherever that may be in the command. General Kehler wants the command to look forward, fix mistakes and move ahead rather than “looking back at the launch pad.” (Air Force photo by Duncan Wood)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Labor Day is dedicated to the achievements of American workers and the contributions they made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Labor Day weekend also marks the end of the 101 Critical Days of Summer; a period historically associated with increased mishaps. Over this Labor Day weekend take a well deserved break and recharge. Bear in mind we must always exercise safety and continuously manage risk.

Prior to the Labor Day weekend, I direct all commanders and supervisors to reinforce the importance of safety with all Airmen; to include military, civilians and contractors. Talk to your people about their activities and review safety practices. Ask the important who, what, when, where, and how questions as it relates to their weekend plans and help them if you feel they haven't covered all the bases.

As Airmen, we must always remain vigilant and recognize the primary threats haven't changed; failure to use safety equipment like seatbelts and motorcycle helmets, driving while impaired or fatigued, and speeding. I expect all of you to exercise the appropriate safety measures, they are only a decision away -- buckle-up, gear-up and adjust your driving/riding to changing conditions and your abilities. Finally, if you decide to drink, I expect you to assign a designated driver.

Looking ahead, the fall season is quickly approaching; new risks such as changing weather, reduced hours of visibility, and schools returning to session will require our increased awareness. Even though the summertime threats begin to fade as we transition into fall, the number one threat remains the same - vehicle accidents. All of us must continue to be vigilant regardless of the time of year.

Marj and I extend our deepest gratitude to you for your service and sacrifice. I am proud to serve alongside every one of you. Be safe over the long weekend, rest up and come back to work refreshed. We have the Nation's work to do.

Regards,

Bob Kehler