Friday June 1, 2012
What is it?
National Safety Month, sponsored by the nonprofit National Safety Council and observed each June, offers Army leaders a prime opportunity to energize their accident prevention efforts and engage with their Soldiers on safety. The annual event is endorsed and recognized as an official Army observance by senior Army leadership.
What has the Army done?
In accordance with senior leader guidance, the USACR/Safety Center is launching an Army wide campaign June 1 to mark National Safety Month. Media products including feature articles, posters and informational videos - with appearances by Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III - will be released weekly during June via the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center website. Each week's materials will focus on a different aspect of safety in the Army, beginning with civilian injury prevention, followed by ground operations, aviation operations and driving. All products will be available for electronic download by individual users, who may then reproduce or broadcast the information as required to meet their unit's needs.
What does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue its annual observance of National Safety Month, with the USACR/Safety Center providing supporting products and tools for users in the field. While yearly campaigns may differ in topic areas or focus, materials will always be developed according to the Army's latest accident trends and risk mitigation initiatives.
Why is this important to the Army?
The spring and summer months are historically the most dangerous time of year for Soldiers off duty, especially regarding accidents involving privately owned vehicles, privately owned motorcycles and personal watercraft. Every day is critical when it comes to risk, and leaders, Soldiers, family members and Army civilians must work together to prevent needless losses within their formations. By using National Safety Month as a starting point for dialogue with their Soldiers, leaders can establish or enhance safety programs that pay dividends throughout the year, regardless of season.
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*Active duty and active Guard-Reserve majors and lieutenant colonels interested in competing to become Professors of Military Science through ROTC need to begin the application process now. (Deadline: June 1)*
WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS
"During the past several years, our Army has reduced preventable accidents to near peacetime levels. This remarkable success has been achieved despite the high operations tempo of our continuing missions overseas, proving once again the diligence and dedication of our Soldiers ..."
- Senior Leader Message
Read the complete message: 2012 National Safety Month tri-signed letter
"Wounded warriors getting back on their feet is the number one, feel-good story of the last 10 years. I know that, and I'm just happy to be a part of it."
- Master Sgt. Edward O'Neal, a volleyball player, will be representing the the Army World Class Athlete Program, WCAP, athletes at the Army's 237th birthday celebration and ball on May 16, at Washington, D.C.
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