FORT GORDON, GA. – Soldiers assigned to the 35th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade were recognized for their commitment and application of safety initiatives throughout the year, during an award ceremony held through Microsoft Teams Jan. 27 at the Lion Brigade Headquarters.
The awards presented were the XVIII Airborne Corps Individual Award for Excellence in Safety, the U.S. Army Safety Guardian Award, and the U.S. Army Risk Management Award. There were multiple awardees from across the brigade and ranged from Specialist to Lieutenant Colonel.
The XVIII Airborne Corps Individual Award of Excellence (IAESA) is a competitive award presented at all Army levels of command to individuals whom, through exemplary dedication have made significant contributions to their organization’s risk mitigation, accident prevention initiatives, hazards controls and overall safety program. This award was presented to Lt. Col. Joel Feltz, commander of the 51st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 1st Lt. Maria Lopez, A Company, 51st ESB, CW2 Phillip Co, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 51st ESB, Sgt. Trevor Crans, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th TTSB and Spc. Joshua Porter, C Company, 50th Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced. At a later date, Feltz and Lopez will be awarded the FORSCOM IAESA and are presently competing for the Department of the Army IAESA.
The United States Army Safety Guardian Award is presented by the Director of Army Safety to individuals who, through extraordinary individual action in an emergency situation, prevent an imminently dangerous situation, prevent injury to personnel, or minimize or prevent damage to Army property. This award was presented to Spc. Brandon Cox, A Company, 51st ESB. Cox was awarded this for his immediate life-saving actions involving a Soldier displaying signs of anaphylaxis.
The Director of Army Safety Risk Management Award is presented by the DASAF to organizations or individuals who have made significant contributions to Army readiness through risk management. This award is given to a single unit or individual per year. This award was presented to the brigade commander, Col. Matthew Foulk, on behalf of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center commander, Brig. Gen. Andrew C. Hilmes.
These awards are a testament to the focus and application of safety as a profession within the mission of the Lion Brigade, this is the second year in a row that the brigade was able to bring home multiple safety awards and shows safe mission execution is part of the culture within the Lion Brigade.
“These awards are a direct result of each member of the organizations coming together and implementing safety training,” said Mrs. Viviana Paredes, the 35th TTSB brigade safety officer. “Thank you so much for all you do to keep our Soldiers safe.”
“We’ve been fortunate to have team chiefs and Soldiers that were applying the safety measures they trained on,” said Foulk. “We are still improving and become an organization known for its safe and rapid communications support and let’s work on retaining our status for the next year.”