Holiday Safety Message Published Dec. 15, 2011 By Brig. Gen. Anthony Cotton Commander, 45th Space Wing PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Greetings, Shark Family. As we prepare for the holiday season, I'm reminded of what our senior leaders have strongly emphasized, "Safety never takes a holiday." This is especially true with the 45 SW's ongoing operations tempo and continuous efforts in support of the Department of Defense's global mission. I encourage all of our military, civilian and contractor members to take this opportunity to spend time with family, friends and loved ones, but most importantly to think safety while doing so. Safe travels! Expect a great number of travelers on the roadways throughout the holiday season. Include delays when planning your travel time, know your route, check your vehicles, get plenty of rest and drive defensively. If traveling by air, adhere to all safety policies, restrictions and never leave your luggage unattended. Always have a plan! Have fun and relax, but use good judgment. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages have a plan. Airmen against Drunk Driving, unit First Sergeants, and Budweiser's "Tow-to-Go" program are a few of the many no-cost options within the local area that can assist in your safe return home. Faithful Wingman! Being a Wingman means taking care of each other whether deployed, at home, at work or with family. Faithful Wingmen have each other's back and make the right call at all times. Embrace our deployed members! Remember our fellow Airmen who are supporting the mission away from their families and friends this season. Let's keep them in our thoughts, prayers and continue to support their families. I sincerely thank you for your sacrifice and selfless commitment to the mission here at the 45 SW and to the United States Air Force. I wish each of you a safe return and look forward to another year of excitement and productivity. From my family to yours, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season. BE WELL, BE HAPPY and BE SAFE!