PEO PERSPECTIVE JUNE 2016
This June 14, the Army marks its 241st year. On June 14, 1775, the 2nd Continental Congress authorized the formation of an Army to support the efforts of a new republic. Our nation’s history over the last 241 years is rich with stories of bravery, valor, and sacrifice by more than a million Soldiers who have served with duty, honor, and love of country. Many are still serving today, and we are indebted to them for preserving and protecting our freedom. The theme for the observance this year is “The American Soldier: Always Ready, Always Leading.” For the men and women who serve in uniform, and the civilians, contractors and families who support them throughout the world, it is a profession of the highest honor. Our Army today continues the tradition of enduring commitment and extraordinary character and leadership in defense our Nation.
The Army Birthday observance is celebrated by Americans around the globe and here at home in the National Capital Region, where there are dozens of observations commemorating the Army Birthday.
At PEO EIS, we are celebrating Army Birthday on June 17 with cake for the workforce, among other activities. Please visit the PEO EIS Army Birthday page and the Army’s official Army Birthday page for more information, and check out our Facebook page and our Twitter feed for fun and interesting historical Army facts, Army Birthday videos from our workforce, and Spotlights featuring our Soldier workforce beginning June 13 (Army Birthday week) and extending into patriotic July!
June is also National Safety Month. Many preventable deaths and injuries occur during the summer months, with nearly 85 percent of accidents attributable to human error. Please practice water safety, whether swimming or boating. Don’t drink or text and drive, and never leave children or pets in hot cars where temperatures can soar to well over 100 degrees. Make sure to hydrate and use sunscreen in the hot sun, or seek shade to prevent overheating. With proper risk management and accident prevention, we can lessen the amount of minor and tragic accidents and have a safe and happy summer. I encourage our team and all of you and your loved ones to be mindful and prepared as you enjoy the outdoors and the warm summer months ahead. For more information about safety, please visit the Army’s 2016 National Safety Month page.
The last Sunday in June is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride Day. LGBT History Month originated in the United States and was first celebrated in 1994. In 2009, President Barack Obama officially declared June LGBT Pride Month, and has stated that the federal government, including the Department of Defense, is leading by example to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens “are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love.” During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation and Army. PEO EIS and the Army continues the work to shape our force where every Soldier, Civilian and contractor in our workforce serves knowing that their team mates, leaders and country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are. America’s Army remains highly capable and mission ready by leveraging the strengths of a diverse, all-volunteer force.
Thank you for all that you do to support EIS programs and the Soldier. Have a safe and happy June, and happy Army Birthday!
Terry Watson, PEO EIS