US Army: 2004 SMA SafetyAward

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY OFFICE OF THE SERGEANT MAJOR 203 ARMY PENTAGON WASHINGTON DC 20310-0200 REPLY TO ATTENTION OF DACS-SM 20 February 2004 MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION SUBECT: Sergeant Major of the Army Safety Award 1. This memorandum announces the Sergeant Major of the Army Safety Award. Criteria for submission of requests for this award are out lined below. This award is intended to support and bolster Army safety. It is not part of the formal accident prevention awards program (AR
  DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY OFFICE OF THE SERGEANT MAJOR203 ARMY PENTAGONWASHINGTON DC 20310-0200 REPLY TOATTENTION OF DACS-SM 20 February 2004MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTIONSUBECT: Sergeant Major of the Army Safety Award1. This memorandum announces the Sergeant Major of the Army Safety Award. Criteria forsubmission of requests for this award are out lined below. This award is intended to support andbolster Army safety. It is not part of the formal accident prevention awards program (AR 672-74), nor is it intended to compete with or replace any of the Chief of Staff of the Army, Directorof the Army Staff, MACOM, or unit level awards or programs.2. My intent is to present this as an impact award to recognize “Pockets of Excellence” or “BestPractices” where I find them and to make the award in person whenever practical. Nominationsfrom the field will go through the MACOM CSM prior to receipt by this office. Requests shouldshow justification for me to schedule a visit to present the award or alternatively, MACOMCSMs may use my scheduled visits as a target of opportunity to present an award.3. Example scenarios where I would present an award are as follows:a.   During my visit to 2 nd ID in Korea, I am so impressed with the driver’s trainingprogram instituted by the division, which has resulted in an accident rate that is fivetimes less than the rest of the Army, that I present the award to the MSG who has runthe program for the last 10 months.b.   The Division CSM for the 101 st ABN finds out that one of his battalions has instituteda program where the Battalion Commander and CSM have enlisted the help of theFamily Readiness Group to increase seat belt use, reduce speeding by soldiers, andprevent DUIs. As a result, the battalion has not had a DUI or POV fatality for 16months. The Division CSM gets word to me of this “Best Practice”, and I present theaward during my visit to Fort Campbell.c.   As a part of a scheduled visit to Fort Rucker, the Fort Rucker installation CSM meetswith his unit CSMs to determine if there are any potential nominees for the SMASafety Award. A unit CSM nominates a soldier in the transportation motor pool whohas driven 177,000 accident-free miles over the past 24 months. The installationCSM forwards the nomination and I present the award during my visit.    DACS-SM 20 February 2004SUBECT: Sergeant Major of the Army Safety Award4. As seen in the examples, the criteria for this award will be subjective in nature. I stronglyencourage all leaders to continue to seek out “Pockets of Excellence” in safety and utilize theexisting programs to reward success as well. In unusual circumstances, where my award is justified, but conditions do not permit me to present the award in person, the MACOM CSM willbe authorized to present the award on my behalf.5. Only through our continued aggressive actions as leaders, will we reduce the incidence of accidents and negligence. I look to all leaders to incorporate the needed stewardship in thiscritical area of our Army. Hooah!KENNETH O. PRESTONSergeant Major of the Army
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