Army Ground Risk Management Publication, Countermeasure, Volume 19, No. 10.
ARMY SAFETY CENTER FORT RUCKER AL
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Its the beginning of another fiscal year, and if past is any indication of our future, this will be an important year in safety. Why Because accidents are still a major threat. The Army has downsized even as our missions have grown consequently, every accident has become more expensive not only in terms of manpower and money, but also in terms of readiness. Development of precision munitions and smart weapons has been and will continue to be responsible for a great deal of our military effectiveness. But all the technology in the world will not replace what is most important in our nations defense - soldiers. Our ultimate smart weapon is still the individual soldier. We have a vast wealth of talent in our Army today, which enables us to get the mission done - and done safely. Your leadership abilities help us do that. When I took command of the Safety Center a year ago, I published my bottom line leadership philosophy Keep soldiers safe by active caring. I discussed the importance of paying attention to details, training to standards, maintaining integrity, and using common sense. The most important factor is that leaders must get personally involved in their soldiers safety and welfare. Soldiers, not things, are important. - -
- Safety Engineering