FORT BENNING, Ga. (June 13, 2018) - The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center announced the Headquarters, Department of the Army, Army Safety Award winners recently at a recognition dinner during the Emerging Leader Safety and Occupational Health Professional Development Summit at Fort Benning, Georgia.

For fiscal 2017, 15 individuals and organizations were recognized for Army excellence in safety. Mr. Eugene Collins, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health; Col. Christopher Waters, acting commander, USACRC; and Command Sgt. Maj. Ernest Bowen Jr., USACRC, presented this year's awards.

With the expansion of award categories this year, commands competed against like organizations. This offered smaller organizations a greater opportunity to compete with other like organizations, Waters said.

"Due to the addition of four individual categories, more safety professionals were able to compete against others in like grades, allowing for more individuals to be recognized for their contributions in loss prevention," Waters said.

"Acknowledging organizations and individuals for their excellence in safety and occupational health and their loss prevention efforts will inspire others to bolster their programs and further contribute to protect the Army's valuable resources," Bowen added.

The fiscal 2017 HQDA Army Safety Award winners are:

• Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award - ACOM/ASCC/4-Star Commands: U.S. Army Materiel Command

• Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award - ASCC/DRU/FORSCOM/3-Star Commands: U.S. Army Central

• Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award - Army Divisions and all other 2-Star Commands: Communications-Electronics Command, Army Materiel Command

• Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award - DRU and 1-Star Commands: 7th Army Training Command, U.S. Army Europe

• Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award - Brigade/Equivalent: Omaha District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

• Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award - Battalion/Equivalent: 1/78th Field Artillery Regiment, Training and Doctrine Command

• Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award - Garrison: U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Riley, U.S. Army Installation Command

• Army Individual Award of Excellence in Safety - Field Grade Commissioned Officer: COL David G. Ray, Sacramento District, South Pacific Division, California, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

• Army Individual Award of Excellence in Safety - Company Grade Commissioned Officer: CPT Eloisa A. Cox, 838th Transportation Battalion, Army Material Command

• Army Individual Award of Excellence in Safety - Warrant Officer: CW3 Phillip G. McLeish, 71st Transportation Battalion, Training and Doctrine Command

• Army Individual Award of Excellence in Safety - Noncommissioned Officer E5-E9: SSG Jack L. Crisostomo, 110th Aviation Brigade, Training and Doctrine Command

• Army Individual Award of Excellence in Safety - Senior Level Department of the Army Civilian GS13-GS15: Mr. Anibal Alvarez Rodriguez, 407th Field Support Brigade, Army Materiel Command

• Army Individual Award of Excellence in Safety - Junior Level Department of the Army Civilian GS9-GS12: Mr. Rodrigo V. Cruz, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Riley, U.S. Army Installation Command

• Industrial Operations Safety Award: Anniston Army Depot, Army Materiel Command

• Army Excellence in Explosives Safety Award: U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Campbell, U.S. Army Installation Command

The Army Safety Awards Program is designed to recognize, promote and motivate success in accident prevention through risk management by recognizing the accomplishments in the field of safety by individuals and units. It features positive measurements of current Army goals, improved plaques and certificates, and streamlined submission procedures. The program also allows organizations to develop additional awards tailored to meet their unique accident prevention and safety recognition goals.