February 17, 2012
By Lt. Gen. Kenneth J. Glueck Jr. and Maj. Gen. Peter J. Talleri
Washington’s Birthday is an occasion to commemorate not only the historic legacy of President George Washington, but all our presidents.
In our nation’s history, only 44 citizens have had the proud distinction of serving as our military’s commander-in-chief, and we owe them all an enormous debt of gratitude.
The institution of the American presidency has earned the respect and admiration of governments and people around the world.
President George Washington is remembered for his unwavering commitment to establishing a free and democratic republic. He stood apart from his peers because of the magnitude of his accomplishments in the face of overwhelming odds.
Washington understood the importance of his role as the first president of the United States and realized the responsibility he had been entrusted with in leading the new nation. He left a legacy of strength, integrity and national purpose past presidents upheld and future presidents will emulate.
As you celebrate Washington’s Birthday, take a moment to reflect upon why we honor him and how he exemplified our core values of honor, courage and commitment.
Liberty commences as follows:
III Marine Expeditionary Force and Marine Corps Installations Pacific military personnel, to include those stationed on Hawaii: Saturday, Feb. 18 through Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Supervisors of U.S. civilian appropriated-fund employees may permit liberal leave procedures for their employees if mission and workload permit.
The observed holiday for all civilian employees, U.S. and Japanese, is Monday, Feb. 20. A liberal leave policy will be in effect Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Leaders, know your people and ensure they are aware of the common factors associated with high-risk behavior, such as drinking and driving, speeding and not wearing seatbelts. Act sensibly and take care of yourselves and each other. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.