|As the season turns to spring and summer, the U.S. Army
Combat Readiness/Safety Center is stressing outdoor and off-duty safety.
The materials contained in the 2012 Army Safe Spring/Summer campaign,
which runs from April through September, aim to raise awareness of
common seasonal hazards.
“Soldiers will be eager to take advantage of their downtime by
heading outdoors. As leaders and safety professionals, it should never
be far from your minds that this time of year is historically the most
risky for our Soldiers off duty,” said Brig. Gen. William Wolf, U.S.
Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center commanding general, in a recent news
Off-duty fatalities during the months between April and September have
risen nearly 20 percent during the past three fiscal years, a trend that
can’t be curbed without everyone’s help, Wolf said.
The campaign toolkit includes posters, videos, informative articles and
a presentation template perfect for weekend or holiday safety briefs.
The toolkit is available for download in the Campaigns and Initiatives
section of the website
Leaders are encouraged to distribute this information and ensure all
Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians and their Family members are
prepared for both the fun and hazards of the spring and summer seasons.
“We ask you to redouble your efforts on POV (privately owned vehicle)
and POM (privately owned motorcycle) accident prevention,” Wolf said.
The Army lost 61 Soldiers in accidents on the road last spring and
summer, a figure that represents approximately 80 percent of all
accidental fatalities occurring between the beginning of April and Labor
“Indiscipline continues to be the predominant factor in vehicle and
motorcycle accidents, so please do everything you can to educate your
Soldiers on the dangers of speeding, nonuse of seat belts and personal
protective equipment, and drinking and driving,” Wolf said.
The same principles hold true for water-related activities, where there
is little to no margin for error. “We must all remember that standards
apply to Soldiers 24/7, and just a moment’s inattention or an unwise
split-second decision can have tragic consequences,” Wolf said.
At Fort McCoy road construction will be ongoing throughout the spring
and summer months, said Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy Installation Safety
Office safety manager.
“Drivers should allow more time to reach their destination and be
prepared to take alternate routes of travel.”
The number of Soldiers walking along O Street from South 8th Street to
South 10th Street also will increase, Eddy said. Soldiers will be
attending schools and be housed in building 51 and will eat at the
dining facility in building 50.
For more information about safety in the Fort McCoy community, call