CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT - Third Army/U.S. Army Central was recognized for their outstanding safety and Army readiness by being selected as the winner of the 2008 Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff, Army Headquarters Safety Award, June 8.

The award was presented to Maj. Gen. Charles A. Anderson, Third Army/USARCENT deputy commanding general, by Brig. Gen. William T. Wolf, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, on behalf of Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey.

"I'm here today to recognize Third Army/USARCENT for all their efforts in leading the way for the Army," said Wolf.

Third Army/USARCENT was commended on their understanding of the theory and practice of Composite Risk Management, and how it applied it in achieving an outstanding safety record during 2008. Composite Risk Management is the Army's primary decision making process to indentify hazards, reduce risk and prevent both accidental and tactical loss.

"It is absolutely amazing to see what's going on here," said Wolf. "You see almost 600,000 or 700,000 troops come through your [area of responsibility] every year."

USARCENT provides a forward-based, service component command to plan, and on order, conduct land operations across the U.S. Central Command AOR and supports force rotations, conducts reception, staging and onward movement, provides theater sustainment and other support as required in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Wolf also spoke about USARCENT's safety accomplishments and how they clearly reflect a dedicated service as an Army organization that is continually striving to achieve Army readiness and mission success.