Safety Office Brings the Message to the Streets

JAK

Staff Report

2nd Lt. Joshua Witt speaking at the 26th Annual Governor’s Safety Conference. Lieutenant Witt is the KYARNG Safety and Occupational Health Manager.

Frankfort, Ky. (June 24, 2010) –– National Guard Soldiers across the Commonwealth will be seeing, hearing and experiencing Army Safety in a new way this summer. The J1 Safety Office has initiated a renewed commitment to actively engaging Soldiers and leaders across the organization. This plan of direct and indirect communication will foster much needed one-on-one contact with the field. Phone calls, targeted emails and Unit specific training will serve to engender a widened view of Army Safety.

“In order for Army Safety to be an integral part of the conversation, it first has to be made credible and relevant to the audience,” said 2nd Lt. Joshua Witt the KYARNG Safety and Occupational Health Manager. “Soldiers want to know what right looks like and will follow the examples they see.”

The J1 Safety Office has already begun to make inroads through recent public speaking engagements at the 26th Annual Governor’s Safety Conference and Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Weekends. Soldiers and their families are especially interested in learning about emergency preparedness for natural disasters. The resources available at www.ready.gov and Ready Army have been well received as Guard members anticipate future state active duty missions and emergency mobilizations. Preparing in advance of such events promotes individual and family safety.

The grass roots safety campaign will include site visits and formal classroom instruction at Guard facilities throughout the state. Sgt. Michael Clem, Safety Administrative NCO, is scheduled to train and certify 100 full-time KYNG technicians in Red Cross adult CPR and first aid. These skills are valuable to Soldiers at work, at home and in their communities. Field Maintenance Shop 9 in Glasgow and the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site at Fort Knox will be the first locations to receive Red Cross training.

Motorcycle safety training will continue to be a focus due to increasing numbers of Soldier accidents and fatalities. The two and a half day Basic Rider Course (BRC) is being offered at numerous locations from Paducah to Ashland. In most cases, the cost for Soldiers to attend the BRC is paid by the J1 Safety Office.

Commanders and additional duty safety officers can also receive specialized safety assistance as units prepare for annual training and related events. The J1 Safety Office anticipates working alongside leaders at all levels to ensure that safety best practices are heard and understood.

“This level of engagement is imperative if safety is to become more than a good idea,” stated Witt. “We will go where the Soldiers are, and do what the Soldiers do. We’ll serve as the safety subject matter experts and lead from the front. This how we can best serve the Soldiers in the field.”

Contact:

SGT Michael Clem
michael.w.clem@us.army.mil
100 Minuteman Parkway, Building 124
Frankfort, KY 46041
(502) 607-1276

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