Maj. Gen. David Wilson, commander, 8th Theater Sustainment Command launched a comprehensive Theater-wide Safety Campaign in the Pacific in 2021, with a holistic approach to all facets of Risk Management and its application to all missions on and off-duty. As a result of leadership engagement and an effective safety campaign, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command achieved an excellent safety posture through the establishment of a holistic safety program, focused on mishap avoidance, loss prevention, and preservation of resources.
Over the last year, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command experienced extraordinary success with "zero fatalities" driven by effective leadership engagement and the promotion of a safety culture. The organization's immense success in safety rating is a reflection of leadership engagement, proper safety training, safety stand-down events, comprehensive safety campaigns, utilization of Deliberate Risk Assessment Worksheet (DRAW), and application of risk management to all missions, on and off-duty, where everyone is a safety officer. Below is a synopsis of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command major accomplishments during 2021:
- Deployed personnel in support of four named operations within the U.S. Central Command and U.S. Indo-Pacific Theater of Operations without injuries or accidents.
- Established a Driver's Training Academy and licensed 423 Soldiers to drive six different types of tactical vehicles in FY21. The Drivers Training Academy accomplished this training objective by hosting a total of 18 different drivers training courses. Despite the robust nature of this program, no mishaps or incidents occurred due to the diligence and dedication to safety from the leaders who planned, resourced, and executed this training.
- Our Military Police (MP) Soldiers drove 1,065,800 miles operating 40 Non-Tactical Vehicles (NTV) conducting patrols of Hawaii each day, across ten Military installations covering over 73 square miles on the island of Oahu and the Pohakuloa Military Training Area (PT A) on the Big Island of Hawaii. The 2,348 Soldiers assigned to 8TSC drove over 1,945,531 miles in tactical vehicles throughout the Pacific without a fatality or Class A accident. The combined tactical and non-tactical fatality free miles driven exceeds 2 million.
- Our Soldiers handled 14,625 rounds of 9mm lethal ammunition and 650 military grade taser cartridges each day without a negligent discharge or incident. We executed 42 small arms ranges, encompassing eight different weapons systems, completing approximately 2,000 qualifications, without a Class A or B injury. Responded to 134 Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) real world reconnaissance and disposal missions throughout the Pacific totaling 10,311 critical response hours with zero accidents.
- Our Soldiers executed 32 Army Watercraft missions totaling 27,854 nautical miles sailed and 500,400 gallons of marine grade diesel during refueling operations without a fire, spillage, or incident. Our Army Watercraft Systems executed eighty inter and intra-theater high-net explosive ammunition movements transporting approximately 17,000 Short Tons (ST) of explosives without incident. In addition, we conducted training certifying 80 mariners on two Logistics Support Vessel variants to meet maritime regulatory requirements.
- Our divers conducted 599 diving missions at home station and across the Pacific encompassing 548 underwater hours without incident or equipment failure. In addition drown proofing training were conducted to 124 Soldiers without an incident. Our engineers completed 21 construction and infrastructure projects supporting the Joint Force in Hawaii and across the Pacific encompassing over 13,824 hours of subsurface operations without a single injury.
- Our maintenance personnel performed over 9,470 equipment maintenance services encompassing vehicles, small arms, and ground support equipment. Conducted inspections and unscheduled maintenance of 2,443 pieces of equipment without any mishap or incident.
- The organization hosted a total of ten Safety Stand-Downs events with subordinate units and disseminated over 8,000 off-duty and holiday safety informational bulletins across the command. Held four Safety Occupational Health Committee (SOHAC) meetings. Additionally, an excess of 2,550 individual risks assessments were conducted utilizing the "Off Duty Risk Assessment Card" to identify high risk personnel and develop control measures for on and off-duty activities. Awarded eight unit safety awards and two safety excellence streamers to recognize personnel and subordinate organizations for their excellence in safety.
- Our safety team conducted ten motorcycle mentorship classes for approximately 100 motorcycle riders reinforcing an environment that emphasizes skilled, disciplined, and safe riding. Eight motorcycle riders graduated from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Rider/Coach course. Conducted safety briefings during six command wide newcomer briefings.
- We executed the Department of Defense (DoD) Ergonomics Program providing anti-fatigue mats, chairs, and standing desks accommodations to more than 300 Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians.
- Conducted four COVID-19 Town Hall meetings with our Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, and their Families to provide information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, and Department of the Army guidance. Focusing on the health of the force and eliminating corrosive behaviors, the 8TSC conducted four Sexual Assault symposiums and four Suicide Prevention seminars.
- Monitored 18,314 movements via sealift transporting over 410,000 Short Ton (ST) of equipment across the U.S. Indo-Pacific theater of operations. Monitored over 970 strategic flights transporting over 121,000 Short Ton (ST) and 21,000 personnel throughout the Pacific.
The 8th Theater Sustainment Command (8TSC) is the U.S. Army senior logistics organization in the Indo- Pacific Area of Operations (AOR) responsible for conducting theater opening, theater distribution, and theater sustainment throughout the AOR. The organization is comprised of 2,550 Soldiers, encompassing 167 different skillsets, with 35 unique capabilities, to include Military Police (MP), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Engineering (EN), Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN), Army Divers, Army Watercraft Systems (AWS), Military Working Dogs (MWD), as well as all Army sustainment Military Occupational Specialties (MOS).
The 8th Theater Sustainment Command (8TSC) is responsible for sustaining Joint Forces across the largest theater of operations which encompasses the following: 3.95 Billion People (50% of the World’s Population); 36 Nations; 3,000 Different Languages; Seven Major Religions; Two of the Three Largest Economies in the World; Seven of the Ten World’s Largest Militaries; Two of the Most Populous Nations in the World; Five Nations Allied with the U.S.; Two of the Three Largest Economies; Five of the World’s Nine Declared Nuclear Nations. The 8TSC is comprised of Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians (DAC), who on a daily basis embrace a strong safety culture and adhere to standard, thus making safety a top priority. The 8TSC leadership is trained on the application of risk management and enforces the standards in an effort to protect all personnel from mishap, injury, death, occupational illness, as well as loss of team members and their Families.