FORT SHAFTER, HAWAII-- The Army's top safety officer visits the 94TH Army Air and Missile Defense Command here at Fort Shafter on April 27, 2012.

Brig. Gen. William T. Wolf, an Atlanta, Ga. native and the director of Army safety and commanding general for the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center visited with the 94th AAMDC for unit's safety award ceremony.

The following Soldiers and subordinate units received awards for their exceptional, meritorious safety actions while assigned to the 94th AAMDC: Col. Stephen Myers, 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment commander, Staff Sgt. Joseph Steele, safety noncommissioned officer, 5th BCD, Lt. Col. Robert Buscher, swim instructor, 5th BCD, Maj. Joshua Severs, 5th BCD, Jarrod Strickland, Ventura Technology Contractor, 94th AAMDC, Staff Sgt. George Torres, health care NCO, 94th AAMDC, Master Sgt. Daniel J. Chaviera, G6 operations NCO, 94th AAMDC, Brett Bernier, safety officer, 10th Missile Detachment.

We have learned the key to Soldier safety is engagement by three crucial groups: leaders, fellow Soldiers and family members, said Wolf. They all work together to create a culture of safety. On and off the job, leaders can have a great impact on their Soldiers by correcting unsafe behavior and taking a personal interest in each Soldier's life. Fellow Soldiers often are critical in helping their "battle buddies" make the right decisions whether on or off duty.

"Safety is a part of life and not just an Army thing," said Chaviera.

"Safety means looking out for others because we as Soldiers are guardians of the country," said Staff Sgt. George Torres, a San Antonio, Texas native and the 94TH AAMDC health care NCO.

"94TH AAMDC's goal is to build a culture of safety throughout the ranks," said Capt. Christopher Clemente, the 94TH AAMDC battery commander and a Montclair, N.J. native. "The measure of a good safety program is when battle buddies can identify big risk situations amongst themselves and apply mitigating actions."

Wolf later stated, in our Army safety is not about a dollar figure or increased productivity, rather it is about our people. Our bottom line is ensuring every Soldier within our formations is there every day, safe, strong and ready to execute the mission. The American people have entrusted us to protect their sons and daughters, and that is a responsibility all of our leaders take very seriously. Military service is a deeply personal and selfless commitment, and taking care of one another is a guiding principle in everything we do. In the end, Army safety pays by keeping our most precious resource which is our Soldiers part of our Army, their families and our nation.