Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayley,
Hello, Team Bliss!
By the time you read this, the Fourth of July will be already officially over, but for many of you the celebrations will continue into the weekend.
As the Fort Bliss garrison commander and a member of Team Bliss, I urge you to be especially careful this weekend. With pools open, people traveling and fireworks exploding everywhere, this weekend is unfortunately ripe for accidents.
The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate what it means to be an American, but there are plenty of dangers that can cut those celebrations short. If you believe like I do that “Army safe is Army strong,” you will do your best to make sure the fun isn’t interrupted by avoidable accidents. But just in case …
Did you know, statistically, the Independence Day holiday presents the most dangerous time for drivers all year? This is from data collected by AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety. Furthermore, half of the many accidents that happen during this holiday involve alcohol, making it the second deadliest time for drunken driving annually, after New Year’s Day.
If safety is not a big enough motivator (it should be) not to drink and drive, you can count on the fact that police will be increasing their number of patrols and checkpoints too.
Swimming safety is another big one, especially for those of us with children. It’s tragic but true: Many child drownings happen when adults are nearby – when people assume others at a party, for instance, are watching the children. Statistically, most of the children who drown in pools have been unsupervised for less than five minutes before tragedy strikes. It’s no fun to talk about, but it’s good information to have. Always make sure your children are supervised.
Many people avoid talking about safety issues because the statistics can seem so grim, but believe it or not, safety can be … fun. Just ask the more than 300 motorcycle riders who gathered June 28 at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center for Fort Bliss’ annual Motorcycle Safety Ride. Participants rode their motorcycles from the Centennial all the way to White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The number of motorcycle riders in the military has increased every year, so it’s good that riders have a way to come together for an activity that encapsulates awareness, training and camaraderie.
Moving on, both dog parks at Fort Bliss are now open. Spend some time with your four-legged family members this holiday weekend. There was some confusion with the long weekend that just passed, but the problem is now fixed, the dog park is open and we are working to make sure it stays that way. I know this has been a long road and I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.
Before I go, I’d like to share a complimentary remark from Sabrina Pinney Halvers via my Facebook account, “Tell it to COL D,” about Fort Bliss, specifically about William Beaumont Army Medical Center: “I was at WBAMC and I had an excellent experience with Ms. Barbour in Patient Advocate’s office today. She took great care of my needs and was very patient with all my kiddos.”
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