Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Farnsworth assumed command of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center from Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens Aug. 22 in a ceremony at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Lt. Gen. William T. Grisoli, director of the Army staff, hosted the event.

"In FY12, we closed the year with the second-fewest accidental fatalities on record," Grisoli said. "In FY13, we reached an all-time low in fatalities due to accidents. It was under Brig. Gen. Edens' leadership, and due to his persistence and commitment, that the safety culture across the Army was brought to a new height. Organizations don't prevent accidents -- people do, and we should all be proud of where our Army is today, and more importantly, where it will be five or ten years down the road due to Tim Edens' efforts."

Farnsworth most recently served as deputy commanding general for operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

"I look forward to working with the Soldiers and civilians whose mission is to preserve our Army's readiness through the prevention of accidental loss of our Soldiers, civilians, families and vital resources," said Farnsworth. "In my view, there is no higher calling."

Farnsworth entered the Army in 1986 after graduating from Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.