Getting to know the garrison: Safety Office

By Amanda Sullivan, Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs OfficeJune 30, 2021

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The Fort Leonard Wood Safety Office serves as principal advisor for the garrison safety and occupational health-related matters of mission execution pertaining to Army regulations and other regulatory and statutory requirements.

According to Director Don Busbice, the Safety Office incorporates and communicates best practices and shared lessons learned to safeguard and preserve government resources against accidental loss.

“We have initiated a safety culture mindset,” he said. “It is the result of our ability to create relationships, answer questions with a solution and always incorporate a conversation to identify a remedy for any hazard along with the correct mitigation efforts.”

Busbice said the Fort Leonard Wood Safety Office serves all military and civilian units regardless of command; all activities involving government property and personnel occurring on or off post; organizations organic to Fort Leonard Wood; tenant units; and other Department of Defense services, units, activities and organizations on the installation.

“Whether providing safety grams, weather hazards, Army Traffic Safety Training programs, newcomers and foreign military service member briefings, community forums or annual inspections, we are one-stop shopping,” Busbice said. “When a customer initiates contact with us, we do not ask which unit they belong to; we ask what the hazard or issue is; where it’s located; and how we may assist. We’re here to advise and create a dialogue to enhance the safety of all personnel on Fort Leonard Wood.”

Other Fort Leonard Wood services and resources can be found at, on official social media pages — such as the Fort Leonard Wood Facebook page at — or in the Digital Garrison application, available for free in Google Play or Apple App Store.

The app also provides critical real-time updates regarding weather hazards and road conditions, community events or changes in hours of operation across the installation.

(Editor’s note: This series provides information on Fort Leonard Wood’s garrison directorates and programs to help service members and their families understand the resources available here.)