By Spc. Justin A. Naylor

1st Cavalry Division public affairs

Summer is a time for fun on the lake, motorcycle riding or just cruising in the car with the windows down. But without proper safety knowledge, this kind of fun can turn deadly.

To help make soldiers aware of the risks they might face during the summer, leaders from 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, hosted a safety day Thursday at Fort Hood.

Soldiers were treated to presentations on car inspections, boat safety, military vehicle safety, motorcycle operation and combat lifesaver skills.

"It's fairly common knowledge that (the Army) loses more soldiers to accidents and mishaps than to combat-related incidents," said Capt. Liam Kozma, a company commander for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Special Troops Battalion.

"The sad thing is that most of these mishaps are preventable."

Soldiers sometimes get complacent and don't think about the risks involved with what they are doing, and that is when accidents happen, Kozma said.

Sponsors from across Central Texas provided equipment for the safety day, including boats, cars and motorcycle equipment.

The sponsors and leaders from the brigade also helped inform soldiers of any differences between safety equipment that the state requires and what the Defense Department mandates.

"It was really educational," said Spc. ReTasha Starks, a human intelligence collector with 2nd Special Troops Battalion.

Starks found the motorcycle briefing to be especially informative.

"I've never ridden a motorcycle before, so I got to learn a lot more about them," she said. "I hope to get one someday."

The safety day helped reinforce a lot of what commanders within the battalions tell their troops every week during safety briefs.

"Soldiers hear the same things every week," Kozma said. "This is a great way to give them the information they've already heard in a new manner. It makes it more interesting."

"When you do end of the week safety briefings, it almost feels like an afterthought," he said. "For the chain of command to set aside a whole day for safety training shows they really care about it."

"Hopefully, this will help soldiers think a little harder before they do something stupid," Starks joked.

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