The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment received two significant safety awards during a ceremony here, June 30.
The 11th ACR’s previous commander, Col. John Ward, accepted the Fiscal 2013 Secretary of the Army and Army Chief of Staff Exceptional Organization Safety Award and the United States Army Forces Command Exceptional Organization Safety Award for 2013. Major Gen. Ted Martin, commander of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, presented the awards.
The accolades were in honor of the Regiment’s increase in safety practices between 2010 and the end of 2013.
“This is the toughest place to serve and train,” said Martin. “We keep it safe because we have engaged leaders from the top down to our team leaders.”
The 11th ACR has decreased the number of workplace safety violations by approximately 70 percent since 2010 and personal injuries by 50 percent in 2013 by keeping leaders informed of safety standards, according to an 11th ACR memorandum for record.
“We proactively give safety information to the Soldiers to augment their lifestyle, not change it,” said Salvador Adame, 11th ACR safety officer. “By augmenting rather than changing, we enable leaders to create the safest working environment even when no one is looking.”
Safety is the first priority of the 11th ACR in everything it does.
“This award is indicative to what our Troopers do every day,” said Ward. “We put more miles on our vehicles every (training) rotation than other units all year, and we do it with great safety, pride, and discipline.”
As the 11th ACR continues to be the premier contemporary fighting force and training unit of the Army, the safety of its Troopers will continue to be of the upmost importance.
“There is nothing more important than keeping our Soldiers safe,” said Adame. “We are protecting our most valuable asset with our safety procedures – our Soldiers.”