Safety is of the utmost priority during daily operations and a force multiplier when it comes to readiness. Three Eighth Army units were recognized for their safe practices and culture Jan. 8 at the headquarters building at Camp Humphreys, South Korea.
Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahoe, Eighth Army deputy commanding general, operations, presented the Fiscal Year 2019 Exceptional Organization Safety Awards to the brigade and battalion level winners along with the garrison winner.
Eighth Army's 65th Medical Brigade won at the brigade level with U.S. Army Medical Materiel Center -- Korea winning at the battalion level. For the garrison level, U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan-Casey took home the hardware.
Also during the ceremony, the U.S. Army Garrison Daegu Safety Office was presented with an Army level award. USAG Daegu was presented the Fiscal Year 2018 U.S. Army Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Army Organizational Excellence in Safety Award for Garrison. To compete and win at the Army level and beat out more than 60 other garrisons, the USAG Daegu Safety Office first competed and won at Eighth Army and then at U.S. Army Pacific.
The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center states winning units like these reinforce the importance of proactive risk management integrated throughout plans, operations and training with effective loss prevention being central to Army readiness.
To be considered for an award, both individuals and organizations must have made significant improvements and contributions to accident prevention efforts, among other criteria, during the previous fiscal year, according to the Army Safety Program.