Aug 27, 2019
FORT HOOD — The Army’s top safety training priority is the readiness of the people and means it depends on to deploy globally in the protection of the United States of America and its partners. Aptness determines the warfighter’s capability to meet and win the nation’s battles. Readiness is crucial and units cannot manage it if day-to-day transactions aren’t handled safely, and the soldiers, civilians, tools and other resources are endangered through unsafe actions or lapses in safety leadership.
Two Soldiers from 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, accepted Army Individual Awards of Excellence (AIAESs) during a ceremony Aug. 26. Maj. Denise R. Simon from 115th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Spc. Kaylee C. Stone from, 21st Combat Support Hospital, Ft. Hood, Texas, were acknowledged for making the most meaningful contributions to their unit’s accident prevention purposes in aid of the Army Safety Awards Program. The Army Safety Awards Program is governed by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center and is intended to improve safety culture and risk management by acknowledging individual and unit achievements in loss prevention. “They were the only recipients in their rank categories for the fiscal year 2018 in the entire Army,” said Sean Morrill, III Corps Deputy Safety Director. “They previously won the United States Army Forces Command level AIAESs and were then nominated for and won the Army level awards.” The tough work and commitment of these Soldiers proved their dedication to safety and Brig. Gen. Darren L. Werner, 13th ESC Commander, made it a point to come to congratulate them myself. “What we are doing here today is recognizing excellence,” said Werner. “There are a few things that we do in our Army where you have to stop, recognize excellence, pat them on the back and thank them for the effort they put into what they do. Safety is one of those things.” Petroleum fuel professional Stone was chosen by the Army Chief of Staff for the award for being instrumental in 9th Hospital Center obtaining a flawless score on Ft. Hood’s environmental compliance and brigade yearly safety inspections, leading hazardous material storage safety training classes to her unit while supporting outside units on improving their safety leadership programs and produced a new refuel checklist to promote safety training methods. “It's an amazing feeling to know that I'm making a difference, especially only being in the Army for three years,” Stone said. “I would have never guessed coming here that I would make such a big impact on the unit.” Army nurse Simon was chosen in the field grade category for guaranteeing all mishaps were reported, investigated and lessons learned were annotated and shared, organized military and civilian safety experts to instruct soldiers through safety days and any other opportunities that presented themselves and for continuously developing the safety leadership program. The Army is always about changes, and now that Stone has improved the transformation of the unit’s safety training classes, she moves onto her next duty station and understands the program will be in good hands even after she moves.
FORT HOOD — The Army’s priority is the readiness of the people and resources it depends on to deploy globally in defense of the United States of America and its allies. Readiness determines the warfighter’s ability to fight and win the nation’s wars. Readiness is critical and units cannot achieve it if day-to-day operations aren’t conducted safely, and the Soldiers, civilians, equipment and other resources are jeopardized through unsafe acts or lapses in judgement.
Two Soldiers from 1st Medical Brigade, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, received Army Individual Awards of Excellence (AIAESs) during a ceremony Aug. 26.
Maj. Denise R. Simon from 115th Combat Support Hospital at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Spc. Kaylee C. Stone from, 21st Combat Support Hospital, Ft. Hood, Texas, were recognized for making the most significant contributions to their unit’s accident prevention efforts in support of the Army Safety Awards Program.