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Sgt. 1st Class Jesse J. Krone stands near the safety bulletin board at the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Complex at Fort A.P. Hill. Krone is a recent recipient of the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff Safety Award for his work in helping to improve the safety performance of the EODTC.

FORT LEE, Va. (April 25, 2013) -- A Fort Lee Soldier recently became a recipient of the Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff Safety Award.

Sgt. 1st Class Jesse J. Krone, assigned to Echo Company, 832nd Ordnance Battalion, 59th Ord. Brigade, earned the Individual Award of Excellence in Safety -- Noncommissioned Officer/Enlisted for fiscal 2012. He was one of only four individual winners of the award administered by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center at Fort Rucker, Ala.

Krone is assigned duties as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Complex at Fort A.P. Hill. The Ordnance School facility helps to train Soldiers enrolled in the EOD Specialist Course that prepares them to "attack, defeat and exploit unexploded ordnance, improvised explosive devices and weapons of mass destruction." It routinely handles live explosives.

Expressing his gratification of winning the award, the 29-year-old Krone said via email that the accolades aren't his alone.

"I'm proud to be recognized for safety and truly accredit my success to the great team of Soldiers and civilians I work with," he said recently. "Our core foundation in EOD is the preservation of life through discipline in safety. We enhance our capabilities and provide the Army with professionals who regard safety as paramount."

Krone's work at the EODTC emerged after he made significant contributions to an overhaul of the safety program there, said Jimmie F. Lundie, safety officer for the Combined Arms Support Command.

"Sgt. 1st Class Krone is very deserving of the Army Safety Award," she said. "He has done a tremendous job as the NCOIC of the EOD Training Complex. He displayed exceptional leadership by greatly improving their safety program."

Krone became eligible to compete for the award after earning similar recognition from Training and Doctrine Command.

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