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Rethinking safety at all levels

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Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:00 pm

By Spc. Kim Browne

1st Cavalry public affairs

Since February, seven soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division have been killed in accidents.

"At one point a soldier was killed every other night for a week," said Command Sgt. Maj. Rory Malloy, top enlisted soldier of the 1st Cavalry Division. "We've had a rough run these past couple of weeks and that's one standard we do not want to lead the way on."

Senior noncommissioned officers from the division met with Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Eyer of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center from Fort Rucker, Ala., at the division's headquarters May 14 to discuss ways to improve the division's safety programs and keep soldiers out of harm's way.

Throughout the meeting, emphasis was placed heavily upon "engaged or intrusive leadership." This establishes a more involved relationship with those who are placed in a leader's charge. It also enables leaders to have more of an influence on their soldiers' attitudes and ultimately motivate them to make safety a habit.

"The message is not getting out to our junior leaders and soldiers when it comes to the end of the work day or planning their weekend," Eyer said. "Every 58 hours we are losing a soldier to an accident within the Army."

Eyer insisted on all leaders talking to soldiers about soldiers.

"This is a very powerful way to start identifying things going on within your organization," he said. "You won't hear from a soldier 'I messed up' but you will hear it from a buddy, a squad leader and so-forth."

He also talked on the importance of using family members as a tool to help the soldier think more safely.

"By making the family apart of (safety programs), they can not only help themselves but they help their soldiers," Eyer said.

Eyer said the Army had 94 accidental fatalities during fiscal year 2010 showed, as of May 14.

For more information on the U.S. Army, Fort Hood and the 1st Cavalry Division's safety programs, go to https://safety.army.mil.

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