• (L-R) Chief Warrant Officer Phetchanpheng Souvanno, Additional Duty Safety Officer Regional Training Site-Maintenance Fort Devens, Sgt. 1st Class Willie D. Christian, Senior Intelligence Analyst Instructor, 6-108th Battalion (Military Intelligence), 100th Division, and Virgilio A. Munoz Safety and Occupational Health Specialist 80th Training Command (TASS) looking for safety hazards on a ceiling crane at a maintenance facility, Fort Knox, Ky., March 20, 2014.

    Safety's looking up across the 80th Training Command (TASS)

    (L-R) Chief Warrant Officer Phetchanpheng Souvanno, Additional Duty Safety Officer Regional Training Site-Maintenance Fort Devens, Sgt. 1st Class Willie D. Christian, Senior Intelligence Analyst Instructor, 6-108th Battalion (Military Intelligence)...

  • 1st Sgt. Jerry Burton, senior enlisted leader HHC 100th Training Division (OS), identifies a safety violation showing that the vehicle is parked less than 15 feet from the garbage container while Sgt. Jeffrey Coleman, 11th Battalion 108th Brigade ILE, 102d Training Division, gathers photographic evidence outside a maintenance facility at Fort Knox, Ky. March 20, 2014. The Soldiers were participating in an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course conducted by the 80th Training Command safety office in conjunction with the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. The students were tasked with finding and photographing safety violations in and around the facility, which they used during a class presentation.

    Safety's looking up across the 80th Training Command (TASS)

    1st Sgt. Jerry Burton, senior enlisted leader HHC 100th Training Division (OS), identifies a safety violation showing that the vehicle is parked less than 15 feet from the garbage container while Sgt. Jeffrey Coleman, 11th Battalion 108th Brigade ILE...

  • Spc. Sean Walton, 787th Medical Detachment Additional Duty Safety Officer, inspects a picnic bench to see if it posses a safety hazard in the break area of a maintenance facility, Fort Knox, Ky., March 20, 2014. Walton and 48 other Citizen-Soldiers participated in an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course conducted by the 80th Training Command safety office in conjunction with the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. The students were tasked with finding and photographing safety violations in and around the facility, which they used during a class presentation.

    Safety's looking up across the 80th Training Command (TASS)

    Spc. Sean Walton, 787th Medical Detachment Additional Duty Safety Officer, inspects a picnic bench to see if it posses a safety hazard in the break area of a maintenance facility, Fort Knox, Ky., March 20, 2014. Walton and 48 other Citizen-Soldiers...

  • Staff Sgt. Sandra E. Rivera, Interior Electrician instructor, 5th Brigade, 94th Training Division, photographs the tag on an expired fire extinguisher identifying it as a safety hazard at a maintenance facility, Fort Knox, Ky. March 20, 2014. Rivera and 48 other Citizen-Soldiers participated in an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course conducted by the 80th Training Command safety office in conjunction with the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center. The students were tasked with finding and photographing safety violations in and around the facility, which they used during a class presentation.

    Safety's looking up across the 80th Training Command (TASS)

    Staff Sgt. Sandra E. Rivera, Interior Electrician instructor, 5th Brigade, 94th Training Division, photographs the tag on an expired fire extinguisher identifying it as a safety hazard at a maintenance facility, Fort Knox, Ky. March 20, 2014. Rivera...

  • Virgilio A. Munoz Safety and Occupational Health Specialist 80th Training Command (TASS) addresses students attending an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course at Fort Knox, Ky., March 19, 2014. The command safety office conducted the course in conjunction with the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.

    Safety's looking up across the 80th Training Command (TASS)

    Virgilio A. Munoz Safety and Occupational Health Specialist 80th Training Command (TASS) addresses students attending an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course at Fort Knox, Ky., March 19, 2014. The command safety office conducted the course...

  • Maj. Woodrow Anderson, executive officer 6th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 94th Training Division, honor graduate of the Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course conducted by the 80th Training Command (TASS) in conjunction with the U. S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, Fort Knox Ky., March 17-21, 2014.

    Safety's looking up across the 80th Training Command (TASS)

    Maj. Woodrow Anderson, executive officer 6th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 94th Training Division, honor graduate of the Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course conducted by the 80th Training Command (TASS) in conjunction with the U. S. Army Combat...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. James Wills, senior enlisted leader 80th Training Command (TASS), addresses students attending an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course at Fort Knox, Ky., March 18, 2014. The command safety office conducted the course in conjunction with the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.

    Safety's looking up across the 80th Training Command (TASS)

    Command Sgt. Maj. James Wills, senior enlisted leader 80th Training Command (TASS), addresses students attending an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course at Fort Knox, Ky., March 18, 2014. The command safety office conducted the course in...

  • Master Sgt. Chuck Underwood, Ground Safety Officer Course instructor U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center teaches a Tactical Operations Safety class during an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course at Fort Knox, Ky., March 19, 2014. The 80th Training Command safety office conducted the course in conjunction with the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.

    Safety's looking up across the 80th Training Command (TASS)

    Master Sgt. Chuck Underwood, Ground Safety Officer Course instructor U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center teaches a Tactical Operations Safety class during an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course at Fort Knox, Ky., March 19, 2014. The...

  • Windley Laborte, Occupational and Safety Health instructor, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center teaches an Intoduction to OSHA & Hazard Identification class during an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course at Fort Knox, Ky., March 19, 2014. The 80th Training Command safety office conducted the course in conjunction with the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.

    Safety's looking up across the 80th Training Command (TASS)

    Windley Laborte, Occupational and Safety Health instructor, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center teaches an Intoduction to OSHA & Hazard Identification class during an Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course at Fort Knox, Ky., March 19...

Maj. Woodrow Anderson did not expect to graduate with honors from the Army Safety and Composite Risk Management Course he attended at Fort Knox, Ky., but he plans on using his new-found knowledge to implement new measures that will improve his unit's safety program.

Anderson said the course gave him a better understanding of a safety officer's duties and responsibilities, and he plans on taking a more critical look at the unit's safety program before suggesting some procedural and personnel changes.

"The takeaway is that there's a lot we have to do at the unit," said Anderson, executive officer 6th Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 94th Training Division.

Anderson was one of 49 Reserve Soldiers who attended the course, which the 80th Training Command (TASS) hosted in conjunction with the U. S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center March 17-21, 2014.

The 80th is the only Army Reserve command currently hosting the course, which is designed to help units comply with the Department of the Army Safety and Occupational Health Objectives for fiscal year 2014.

While it's intended for junior leaders, Virgilio A. Munoz, 80th TC Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, says the class helps to enhance the skills of individuals who work as safety officers in an additional duty capacity.

"They're my eyes and ears at the units," Munoz said, referring to the Additional Duty Safety Officers who take an online course to get certified.

Master Sgt. Chuck Underwood, one of two instructors from the Army safety center who taught the course, said the curriculum familiarizes students with safety regulations and they leave knowing which manuals to reference for solutions to safety issues.

"It's impossible to memorize everything, so it's important to be able to know where to find the information you need," Underwood said.

On day two of the class, Command Sgt. Maj. James Wills, the command senior enlisted leader, told the students that it was up to them to sell their unit leaders on the benefits of an effective safety program.

"Don't let this course material sit on the back seat of your car," Wills said. "Make sure that your command teams understand that what you learned here needs to be incorporated into your unit training."

Underwood said unit leaders at all levels should attend the course, even if they're not appointed safety officers.

"This knowledge creates a second line of defense for the commander and the safety officer," he said. "Commanders, first sergeants, platoon sergeants, and platoon leaders need to come through, because this is a combat multiplier. By regulation safety needs to be incorporated into every aspect of training."

On the last day, Munoz told the students that changing the culture at their units might be their biggest challenge.

"There are people who will resist change," said Munoz, who also told the students that it was import to keep up with the constantly changing safety polices and procedures.

"You have the basic knowledge; you have to support your unit and your commander," he said. "At the end of the day you're protecting Soldiers, equipment and facility."

Anderson said, Soldiers who attend the course could walk away with knowledge that could make an impact on unit operations.

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