By Sgt. Travis Edwards, 80th Training CommandFebruary 18, 2010
The 80th Training Command, the Army's third largest Army Reserve unit, became the first Reserve unit to receive the Army Safety Excellence streamer during a ceremony Jan. 30 in Virginia Beach, Va.
The newly authorized streamer, which recognizes the unit's flawless safety record, was presented to the command during the 80th Training Command Commanders' Conference by Erewa James, the training, education and marketing program manager for the U.S Army Reserve Command Safety Office.
"This streamer represents many months of hard work, focus and dedication to our Soldiers, Families, Civilians and, most directly, to ourselves," said Maj. Gen. John McLaren, commanding general, 80th Training Command. "We have set the bar high for safety excellence within this command and all who come in contact with it. We care about the lives of our team deeply and have expended the additional time and resources to make this command as safe as possible."
The streamer may be displayed by the organization on its unit guidon for one year after it is awarded. Once this time period expires, the unit must re-qualify, resubmit the awards packet, and be approved in order to keep the streamer for an additional year.
"This award not only recognizes on-duty excellence in safety, but off-duty as well," said Virgilio Munoz, 80th Training Command Safety and Occupational Health Professional. "This recognition reinforces our accident prevention efforts, our increased safety awareness focus and has truly enhanced our culture of safety prevention."
After the presentation of the streamer, McLaren held the streamer above his head so that the entire room of subordinate unit commanders and command sergeants major could see it.
"This is the standard," McLaren said. "This is the level at which we want to sustain safety excellence."