• Maj. Richard Patrick, 5th Armored Brigade safety officer, explains the safety stand down activities to brigade Soldiers during the bi-annual brigade Safety Stand Down Day. While the safety stand down is a bi-annual occurrence, the Brigade Commander, Col. Raul E. Gonzalez, wanted the event to be different from the PowerPoint norm and had the event outside. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley, 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

    Bi-annual Safety Stand Down tunes up Soldier awareness

    Maj. Richard Patrick, 5th Armored Brigade safety officer, explains the safety stand down activities to brigade Soldiers during the bi-annual brigade Safety Stand Down Day. While the safety stand down is a bi-annual occurrence, the Brigade Commander...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Kirk P. Thompson (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Bruce L. Crenshaw, observer-coach/trainers with 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, fill out Composite Risk Management worksheets during the bi-annual brigade Safety Stand Down Day. Soldiers received a brief lecture on the worksheet and then were given a scenario and a blank CRM form. Throughout the day, Soldiers also received lectures from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the El Paso Sheriff's Office. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley, 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

    Bi-annual Safety Stand Down tunes up Soldier awareness

    Sgt. 1st Class Kirk P. Thompson (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Bruce L. Crenshaw, observer-coach/trainers with 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, fill out Composite Risk Management worksheets during the...

  • Mike Legarretta (left), a 30-year veteran game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, explains the indigenous species of rattle snakes in El Paso to the Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 364th Engineer Regiment, Task Force Rampant, 5th Armored Brigade during the bi-annual brigade Safety Stand Down Day. The game wardens also discussed the local wildlife soldiers might encounter while in the field and the various hunting rules in Texas and nearby Mexico. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley, 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

    Bi-annual Safety Stand Down tunes up Soldier awareness

    Mike Legarretta (left), a 30-year veteran game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, explains the indigenous species of rattle snakes in El Paso to the Soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 364th Engineer Regiment, Task Force Rampant, 5th...

  • Lt. Jack R. Waite (left), a 30-year veteran with the El Paso Sheriff?'s Office, discusses gun safety with Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, during the bi-annual brigade Safety Stand Down Day. Waite discussed gun safety, carrying laws in Texas, and even handed out free gun locks to the Soldiers. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley, 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

    Bi-annual Safety Stand Down tunes up Soldier awareness

    Lt. Jack R. Waite (left), a 30-year veteran with the El Paso Sheriff?'s Office, discusses gun safety with Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, during the bi-annual brigade Safety Stand Down...

  • Col. Raul E. Gonzalez (left), 5th Armored Brigade commander, presents Abraham Arzola, a Compliance Assistance Specialist with the local Occupational Safety and Health Administration office, a Certificate of Appreciation for his participation in the bi-annual brigade Safety Stand Down Day. Soldiers also received lectures from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a local car dealership, and the El Paso Sheriff's Office. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley, 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

    Bi-annual Safety Stand Down tunes up Soldier awareness

    Col. Raul E. Gonzalez (left), 5th Armored Brigade commander, presents Abraham Arzola, a Compliance Assistance Specialist with the local Occupational Safety and Health Administration office, a Certificate of Appreciation for his participation in the...

FORT BLISS, Texas -- The 5th Armored Brigade conducted its bi-annual Safety Stand Down Day, at Biggs Park here recently.

Soldiers gathered and braved the chilly weather to hear about various safety concerns for the upcoming summer while reiterating safety procedures that come along with being an observer-coach/trainer to deploying forces.

"As observer-coach/trainers, we are always constantly monitoring training units that are at different levels of training proficiency," said Col. Raul E. Gonzalez, 5th Armored Brigade commander. "So it's very important that our OC/Ts are tuned in to safety and that they can predict and prevent problems and be able to intervene before it's an issue."

The training was broken into six different stations throughout the park, where Soldiers would spend up to 30 minutes hearing lectures and conducting practical exercises on the various topics.

Soldiers were expected to be able to properly fill out a Composite Risk Management worksheet, know what to do when it comes to emergency planning in their household, and know how to identify and properly handle chemicals in the workplace or at home. A local car dealership also talked about vehicle safety and how to prepare a car for the summer.

Turi Salinas, a 23-year game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, taught Soldiers how to recognize local wildlife and know the various hunting rules in Texas and Mexico.

"We were given an opportunity to come down here and talk to military personnel concerning the danger that they might face in the field concerning wildlife, such as the five types of rattlesnakes that are indigenous to this area as well as the other animals like the oryx, bobcats, and mountain lions," said Salinas.

Soldiers also interacted with Lt. Jack Waite, a 30-year veteran with the El Paso Sheriff's Office, who is currently the training director at their training academy. Waite discussed gun safety, carrying laws in Texas, and even handed out free gun locks to Soldiers.

The day closed with an awards presentation for the civilians that taught during the safety stand down.

"All of this training is going to not only help the units we train or our units, but the individual Soldiers can translate this knowledge to their families," said Gonzalez. "That way we don't have vehicle or gun incidents, and those are the things that make this training a success."

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