By USACR/Safety Center Public AffairsJanuary 25, 2010
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Jan. 25, 2010) -- Prizes totaling nearly $4,000 are still up for grabs as the 2nd Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition heads into the final months.
Sponsored by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center and the Army Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) program, the Peer to Peer competition challenges all Soldiers to show their comrades that "safety is not boring" by putting their best safety stories on video.
"Nearly every Soldier I have ever met is a great story teller and this competition provides those men and women an venue where they can tell their best safety stories to benefit of our entire Band of Brothers and Sisters," said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Eyer, USACR/Safety Center senior noncommissioned officer.
The Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition was developed by members of the USACR/Safety Center team to promote off-duty safety awareness by encouraging Soldiers to make short videos highlighting off-duty safety topics including driving, motorcycles, privately owned weapons and sports activities. The second installment of the competition opened Oct. 1 and will run though April 30.
Since the competition opened, several videos focusing on topics including drinking and driving and motorcycle safety have been submitted.
"We were so excited to get these first videos and we want them to keep coming in," said Dr. Patricia LeDuc, USACR/Safety Center Human Factors Task Force director and Peer to Peer competition facilitator. "More videos mean more opportunities to spread important safety messages across our Army and that is what this competition is all about."
Last year's winning video team leader Spc. Marsha Millikin said her group from 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, submitted their video focusing on privately owned weapons and drug abuse to help their fellow Soldiers see that safety is more than just slide presentations and boring briefings.
"We wanted everyone who watched our video to understand the importance of living with humor, working with safety in mind, and always being aware of your surroundings," she said.
Millikin suggests that anyone interested in making a peer-to-peer video assemble a team where ideas and work can be shared.
"The number of volunteers that helped with our video was great," she said. "There were many great ideas and many people who wanted to help out as much as they could which, in the end, made us successful."
Eyer said the Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition is a great way for Soldiers around the globe to harness their power to improve safety throughout the Army.
"I encourage every active-duty, Army Reserve, and National Guard Soldier to take a look at their own lives, see how they can do things a little safer and then put those insights on video," he said. "Take pride in teaching each other and keeping each other safe whether rolling in a humvee in Afghanistan or hitting a club in the states."
Peer-to-peer videos, competition rules and submission guidelines can be viewed at Safety Center's YouTube page.