By Col. Christopher M. Benson, USAG Ansbach Commander
ANSBACH, Germany (Dec. 21, 2015) — The Holidays are here! This is a time when people all over the world reflect on their blessings, accomplishments, and lessons of the past year and commit to bettering themselves or reaching out to others in some way during the New Year.
Many of our community members are taking well-deserved time to spend with their families and friends. Wherever you may be, and regardless of the faith or convictions you hold, I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.
For those of you are still here in Germany, it would be difficult to find a more special place to enjoy the holidays than here in Franconia. If you have yet to see one of Germany’s Christmas markets, visit one and immerse yourself in the rich culture of our host nation. During my time here, I’ve found the German people to be extremely friendly and hospitable no matter what time of year. Be sure to take time to meet your German neighbors and share the holiday spirit with them.
If you’re willing and able, I encourage you to reach out to anyone who may be alone during this holiday season and help them feel the warmth and brightness we should all be able to experience this time of year. Everyone in our community is part of our Army Family and no one should feel left out during such a joyous time.
I also encourage you to remain vigilant and safe during the holiday season. Few things can ruin the holidays as quickly or as catastrophically as an injury, accident or fire that could have been prevented by common sense, attention to detail, or maintaining your situational awareness. If you drink or are hosting a party with alcohol, do it responsibly and ensure everyone gets home safely.
Leaders and first-line supervisors can make a difference during the holiday season. When you practice and teach others safety and risk mitigation you save lives. Ensure you and your teammates incorporate risk management into your plans.
It is my sincere hope you celebrate and enjoy the holidays responsibly so all of us can successfully — and safely — ring out 2015 and ring in 2016! Happy Holidays!