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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"From the early settlers of the New World to those reaching for the American dream today, Hispanics have shaped and strengthened our country. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we pause to celebrate the immeasurable contributions these individuals have made to our nation -- from its inception to its latest chapters.…"

View the complete 2010 Presidential Proclamation--National Hispanic Heritage Month

Related site: Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Army website

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Part of the reason we care about the history is what Eisenhower said: the public has a right to know. The public has made a big investment in lives and people and its treasury, and has a right to know about what our military forces have done…You want to have this history available for lessons learned, to teach what we did, what worked and what didn’t work, and about the unique complexity of Iraq…Future generations will want to know what we did here so that they can learn from it."

- Lt. Col. Les’ Melnyk, official historian for U.S. Forces Iraq, has chronicled several major historical developments in Iraq: the official end of the U.S. combat mission, the transition of operations to State Department control, and the drawdown of U.S. forces to just under 50,000 troops.

Historian captures evolving story in Iraq

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

Sept 15- Oct 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

October 2010

Energy Awareness Month

Depression Education & Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Oct. 6 & 7: Medal of Honor White House & Pentagon ceremonies for Staff Sgt. Robert Miller

Oct. 23- Oct. 31: Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 25-27: AUSA annual meeting

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TODAY'S FOCUS

BOSS Safety Factor

What is it?

The BOSS Safety Factor is a presentation specifically developed to target younger Soldiers who are prone to high-risk activities and is designed for use during Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) meetings.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center developed the BOSS Safety Factor in 2008 when the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command asked for a presentation to promote safety to its BOSS members.

The BOSS Safety Factor is designed to build hazard awareness and encourage Soldiers to think about safety during their off-duty hours, but not without a little fun. This year\'s updated four-part presentation incorporates humor from comedians who reinforce safety messages in video clips dispersed throughout the briefing. The performers are either former Soldiers-turned-comedians or entertainers who have visited troops stateside and overseas. Beginning Oct.1, a new presentation module will be released at the beginning of each quarter throughout fiscal 2011 via the USACR/Safety Center and BOSS on Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command website.

In addition to the presentation, the BOSS Safety Factor kit provides posters and pamphlets highlighting the Army's most common personality types for posting on unit safety boards and within unit facilities.

Why is this important to the Army?

From the beginning of fiscal 2009 through the third quarter of fiscal 2010, our Army lost more than 200 Soldiers to off-duty accidents. During the same timeframe, approximately 1,200 more Soldiers were injured or suffered negative results from engaging in careless or high-risk behavior in their off-duty time.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The USACR/Safety Center will continue to initiate the BOSS Safety Factor and other products in an effort to heighten Soldier awareness of the risks associated with on- and off-duty activities.

Resources:

USACR/Safety Center

BOSS on Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command website

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