|By Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
The presentation of the Safety Excellence Award Streamer during the
Commander’s Briefing to the Garrison Work Force is the latest example of
the safety culture mindset at Fort McCoy, said Randy Eddy.
Eddy, Fort McCoy Safety manager, said he applied for the award after
noting during an Installation Management Command (IMCOM) teleconference
that Fort McCoy met the award’s criteria.
Fort McCoy Garrison Commander
Col. Steven W. Nott (left) affixes the Safety Excellence Award
Streamer to the Fort McCoy U.S. Army Garrison flag. Garrison
Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Bill Bissonette (right)
holds the flag while Don Vender (center), Installation Safety
Office Safety specialist, observes. The Installation Safety
Office applied for the award to help highlight a safe culture at
Fort McCoy, according to Safety Manager Randy Eddy.
(Photo by Photo by Anita Johnson)
“Receiving the award encourages a safety culture at Fort McCoy,” Eddy
said. “By doing the things we did to get the award, we are making people
aware of the Safety Program at Fort McCoy.”
For winning the award, the garrison received a Safety Excellence Award
Streamer, which will be displayed on the garrison guidon for the next
The award recognizes the garrison for not having a Class A or Class B
accident, which are defined as a high property loss or damage value of
more than $500,000 or an injury causing a permanent partial disablement
or three or more people injured in an accident. In addition, the
garrison had 100 percent completion of composite risk-management
training and the Army Readiness Assessment Program (ARAP).
Results from the ARAP serve two purposes. First, Eddy said participants
are able to provide input on their organizations’ ability and
effectiveness in providing an accomplished safety culture. Second, the
garrison commander reviews the results and feedback so he can make
appropriate changes or emphasize points in the Installation Safety
Risk-assessment training also is important because it gives employees
and supervisors a basic understanding of safety risks and the
understanding of any inherent risks associated with certain positions,
Soldiers must meet specific safety standards, including doing a risk
assessment for privately owned vehicle travel of more than 225 miles,
being certified to ride motorcycles through the Motorcycle Safety
Foundation and wearing a reflective safety belt or vest while walking or
running on the side of installation roadways during periods of limited
visibility or darkness.
“Our strategic safety goal is to build on a compliance-driven program to
nurture a culture where safety is instinctive and intuitive in all
operations and activities,” Eddy said. “As we improve our own safety
posture, we also have to provide safety support and services to tenant
and training units to improve their safety practices. We must ensure
that everything we do is moving us closer to exemplary safety
The Installation Safety Office (ISO) held safety stand-down days during
the last three fiscal years to promote safety, he said.
The ISO also coordinates the quarterly Fort McCoy Safety and
Occupational Health Advisory Council/Community Health Promotion Council
meeting. Eddy said this includes garrison and tenant organizations and
encourages a flow of safety-related information in both directions and
provides another avenue for feedback and input. Each garrison or tenant
organization at Fort McCoy is represented on the council by a collateral
duty safety officer or an additional duty safety officer. The council’s
next quarterly meeting is April 9.
Eddy said the ISO also will have safety information available at the
Health and Wellness Fair, May 8 and the Armed Forces Day Open House
event May 18.
For more information about safety and seasonal safety at the Army level,
visit the website
For more information about safety topics in the Fort McCoy community,
call the ISO at 608-388-3403.