Archangels Brigade receives FORSCOM safety awards
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, addresses Soldiers of Division West – First Army during a FORSCOM Safety Awards ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas, May 11, 2022.
(Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Randy R. Quintana, Division West Public Affairs)
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Archangels Brigade receives FORSCOM safety awards
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command (left), poses for a photo with award recipients Col. Jennifer A. Reynolds, commander of 166th Aviation Brigade, Division West – First Army (right), and Command Sgt. Maj. Roque R. Quichocho (center), during a FORSCOM Safety Awards ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas, May 11, 2022. 166th Aviation Brigade receives the FY-21 FORSCOM Exceptional Organization Safety Award for demonstrating the highest contribution to risk mitigation, accident prevention initiatives, and safety program success. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Blake A. Essex, 350th PAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Archangels Brigade receives FORSCOM safety awards
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command (left), poses for a photo with award recipient Chief Warrant 3 Brian P. Lazzara, UH-60 pilot and OC/T from 3rd Battalion, 351st Aviation Regiment, 166th Aviation Brigade, Division West – First Army (right), and Mrs. Shelby Lazzara (center) during a FORSCOM Safety Awards ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas, May 11, 2022. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Capt. Steven L. Wesolowski, Division West Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT HOOD, TX – Soldiers and guests of Division West – First Army formed up and then gathered around a parked UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter to observe a safety awards ceremony held at the Longhorn Division’s helipad in Fort Hood on Wednesday morning.

U.S. Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), accompanied by Maj. Gen. Joseph A. Edwards, commanding general of Division West – First Army, presented two 2021 FORSCOM safety awards to aviators of 166th Aviation Brigade, Division West. The awards are presented annually to select individuals and organizations with the most significant contributions to risk mitigation, accident prevention initiatives, and safety program success.

After recalling a praise received from U.S. Army Reserve Command’s safety directorate last month, Garrett reflected on the importance of promoting safety awareness and recognition across all FORSCOM.

“I try to hand out all of the significant safety awards because safety is a commander’s business, and safety—especially when we’re talking about Army aviation—is embedded in our culture. We generally do that very, very well,” he said. “Soldiers make safety happen not by doing ‘big’ things, but by doing the small attention-to-detail things every single day. It’s also about not walking past something that you know is wrong without doing something about it.”

Archangels Brigade receives FORSCOM safety awards
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, addresses Soldiers of Division West – First Army during a FORSCOM Safety Awards ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas, May 11, 2022. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Randy R. Quintana, Division West Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Archangels Brigade receives FORSCOM safety awards
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command (right), awards the FY-21 FORSCOM Individual Award of Excellence in Safety to Chief Warrant 3 Brian P. Lazzara, UH-60 pilot and OC/T from 3rd Battalion, 351st Aviation Regiment, 166th Aviation Brigade, Division West – First Army (center), during an awards ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas, May 11, 2022. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army film still by Capt. Steven L. Wesolowski, Division West Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Archangels Brigade receives FORSCOM safety awards
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command (right), awards recipients Col. Jennifer A. Reynolds, commander of 166th Aviation Brigade, Division West – First Army (center), and Command Sgt. Maj. Roque R. Quichocho (left), during a FORSCOM Safety Awards ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas, May 11, 2022. 166th Aviation Brigade receives the FY-21 FORSCOM Exceptional Organization Safety Award for demonstrating the highest contribution to risk mitigation, accident prevention initiatives, and safety program success. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Blake A. Essex, 350th PAD) VIEW ORIGINAL

The first award presented was the 2021 FORSCOM Individual Award of Excellence in Safety accepted by Chief Warrant 3 Brian P. Lazzara, UH-60 pilot and safety officer of 166th Aviation Brigade.

“I know this award states ‘individual’ on here, but this doesn’t happen without all the outstanding individuals in our brigade’s formation today,” stated Lazzara. “If they are not doing the right things, then things like this don’t happen. Thank you.”

Accompanying Lazzara was his wife Shelby, a nurse from Fort Hood’s Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.

“I am very happy to visit and see Brian receiving this prestigious award­­­­­­­ today—he’s got quite a growing collection of them!” she said. “The family and I are very proud of him, and we are very glad to have these moments together at Fort Hood.”

The next award presented was the 2021 FORSCOM Exceptional Organization Safety Award accepted by Col. Jennifer A. Reynolds, commander of the 166th Aviation Brigade, alongside the brigade’s Command Sgt. Maj. Roque R. Quichocho.

“Today’s recognition is an example made by Mr. Lazzara, but also by the formation. Like what Gen. Garrett was stating earlier on how well we make difficult things look simple, this formation does it each and every day,” said Reynolds. “Every time I see what you all do for about 50% of U.S. Army Aviation with an immense responsibility on your shoulders, you always do it exceptionally well and you do it very safely.”

Reynolds was entering her last month as commander of the Archangels Brigade at the time of these remarks.

“I could not be more proud of this formation and it’s been an honor to serve with you,” she added. “Command Sergeant Major and I are very grateful to accept this on behalf of the entire brigade because it’s the formation that earned it, not us.”

Archangels Brigade receives FORSCOM safety awards
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command (right), meets and receives a tour of aircraft equipment from Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. Middleton, load master and OC/T from 3rd Battalion, 351st Aviation Regiment, 166th Aviation Brigade, Division West – First Army, at the division headquarters in Fort Hood, Texas, May 11, 2022. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Capt. Steven L. Wesolowski, Division West Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Archangels Brigade receives FORSCOM safety awards
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command (left), recognizes Cpl. Luis M. Abrica, supply clerk from 120th Infantry Brigade, Division West – First Army (center-right), and Staff Sgt. Shamicka J. Sanders, supply non-commissioned officer from 120th Infantry Brigade (right), during a FORSCOM Safety Awards ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas, May 11, 2022. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Blake A. Essex, 350th PAD) VIEW ORIGINAL
Archangels Brigade receives FORSCOM safety awards
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Gen. Michael X. Garrett, commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, addresses Soldiers of Division West – First Army during a FORSCOM Safety Awards ceremony held at Fort Hood, Texas, May 11, 2022. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army film still by Sgt. Cornelius McLean, 120th Infantry Brigade Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL

Prior to the safety awards ceremony, Garrett took the time to meet new senior leadership of Division West and received a brief showcase of the aviation brigade’s fire suppression equipment used during an aerial support mission to Fort Hood Fire Department’s wildfire response last March.

Presenting a Bambi HL7600 water bucket system used by flight crews during the wildfire response and answering the visiting general’s questions was Sgt. 1st Class Robert J. Middleton, senior noncommissioned officer and OC/T from 3rd Battalion, 351st Aviation Regiment, 166th Aviation Brigade.

Prior to take-off for an aerial tour of Fort Hood’s training complexes, the ceremony concluded with Garrett passing out a few FORSCOM challenge coins to Soldiers and ordering them to announce and reward the coins to other Soldiers from the audience.