4th of July Safety Message

115th Fighter Wing,

As you enjoy your well-deserved break, remember to be aware of the risks and hazards around you. Plan your activities in advance, identify risks and take the necessary precautions to make this a mishap-free 4th of July holiday for yourselves, your families and neighbors. Remember that alcohol or fatigue does not mix with driving, riding or water sports. In addition, keeping your seatbelt buckled or wearing the proper protective gear significantly increases your chances of surviving an accident.

Commanders and supervisors, ensure you stress to your personnel the importance of making sound risk management decisions when planning activities. Remember safety is a choice – don’t take it for granted.

Airmen, plan your activities in advance, protect yourselves appropriately, get plenty of rest and don’t let alcohol impair your judgment. Have a great holiday weekend, and enjoy your friends and families.

History & significance of the 4th of July: During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence. After voting for independence, Congress drafted the Declaration of Independence, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress approved the Declaration on July 4, 1776.

The American Revolutionary War, also known as the American War of Independence, was fought from 1775-1783. After the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th, 1776, the war for our freedom continued to be fought for 5 more years. On October 19, 1781, the British under General Cornwallis surrendered the entire British army at Yorktown. But the formal end of the war did not occur until the Treaty of Paris (for the U.S.) and the Treaties of Versailles (for the other Allies, France & Spain) were signed on September 3, 1783.

Many Patriots fought for our freedom. I want to thank all of you for continuing to defend our freedom. Please enjoy your 4th of July, be safe, and keep in mind those that fought for and now defend our freedom.

Jeffrey J. Wiegand, Colonel

Commander, 115th Fighter Wing

About Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode

Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode is a photojournalist for the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wisconsin.