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INDEPENDENCE DAY

Date Signed: 6/29/2016
ALMARS Number: 021/16

R 291707Z JUN 16
ALMAR 021/16
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/INDEPENDENCE DAY//
RMKS/1.  This 4th of July marks our Nation's 240th birthday.  It is a day to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and a time when all Americans celebrate our independence and our freedoms.  It is also a time when Marines demonstrate our pride in service and commitment to our country and our Corps.
2.  Part of our commitment is to always remain ready.  Readiness means every Marine and Sailor in our Corps is prepared to go when the Nation calls.  Maintaining our readiness also means we remain vigilant against threats that degrade it.  Since 2013, the most common hazards we face during our off-duty hours are:  falling asleep while driving, alcohol incidents, and motorcycle accidents.  When we don't respect the threats, the results can be catastrophic and cause disabilities or fatalities.  Your individual judgment will make the difference between enjoying time off, or crossing the line to a disastrous result.  Your fellow Marines and Sailors are counting on you to make good decisions.
3.  We need everyone to take care of each other.  Have the courage to step in and stop reckless behavior.  Show your commitment to your fellow Marines and Sailors by taking action.  Enjoy your well-deserved time off.  But also respect the drink in your hand, respect the car or motorcycle you are operating, and respect the other guy on the road who isn't as vigilant as you.  Most important, come back after the holiday prepared to train hard – you are all valuable members of our Navy-Marine Corps Team.  Commanders are expected to exercise good judgment and ensure Marines and Sailors are not taking unnecessary risks as they return to work following the holiday.
4.  To all Marines, Sailors and your families, have a great holiday weekend; you've earned it.  Make a plan, arrive safely, and Protect What You've Earned.
5.  Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//



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