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Peer to Peer Video Competition

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"With our leadership changing, there is a lot of uncertainty for the future. So we have two choices here: We can sit back and wait to see what the future looks like, or we can try and drive the future. I want to shape the future of what the role of the Reserve is going to be, so that when the leadership gets in place we can help them understand what our roles and missions are by showing them what we have accomplished and what we can accomplish for the future."

- Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, at a town hall meeting with Soldiers in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Dec. 28, 2010, emphasizing the importance of Army Reserve and about how he plans to ensure the Army Reserve is ready for the future.

Army Reserve leadership visit Kuwait, conduct town hall

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"I heard the Army was looking for an illustrator and just went for it. I told recruiters if I couldn't do anything artistic then I wasn't really interested. To be a part of an organization like this is the icing on the cake for me. Here, I can lend my skills to our nation's history. That's an amazing opportunity to have."

- Master Sgt. Martin Cervantez, a self-taught artist, after nearly 25 years of service as an Army illustrator, believes his decision to join the military remains the best of his career.

Face of Defense: Army artist captures life on canvas

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

2011: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

January:

Happy New Year!

Jan. 8: The U.S. Army All American-Bowl

Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: Remember! Celebrate! Act! A day On...Not A Day Off

February :

African American History Month

Congressional Budget Hearings


Feb 1-7: National Patient Recognition Week

Feb 23- 25: AUSA Winter Symposium

Spotlight

2010 Tri-signed safety letter

Army website of interest:
Army Values

TODAY'S FOCUS

Peer to Peer Video Competition

What is it?

The third annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition promotes off-duty safety awareness by challenging Active Duty, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers to create original videos about topics relating to off-duty safety.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center launched the third annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition Jan. 1 to engage Soldiers in raising awareness of off-duty safety hazards. The competition is sponsored by Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and the USACR/Safety Center and will continue through June 30. The top three winners will share a prize package totaling $4,000 to benefit their local BOSS programs.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army lost 129 Soldiers to off-duty accidents during fiscal 2010. Most of these fatalities resulted from privately owned vehicle and motorcycle accidents attributed to speeding, alcohol and lack of personal protective equipment. Other off-duty hazards affecting Soldiers include pedestrian accidents, sports injuries, accidental weapons discharges, drowning and more.

Soldier and leader engagement in the safety and well-being of our Band of Brothers and Sisters is vital to keeping our warfighters safe during their off-duty activities. In today's Army, a loss is a loss regardless of how it occurs, and safety is a full-time responsibility. Soldiers must take care of each other on and off duty.

This contest promotes active participation by Soldiers who often see firsthand how many of these accidents occur. Their creative efforts can make a difference in curbing risky behavior and disregard for personal safety.

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

The USACR/Safety Center plans to continue annual Peer to Peer competitions to heighten Soldier awareness of off-duty hazards.

Resource:

U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website

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