|The 2011 Safe Summer campaign stresses the importance
of proactive, prevention-focused risk mitigation during the summer
This year’s campaign, which runs through Sept. 30, encourages every
member of the Army Family to get out and enjoy all that summer has to
offer, but to ask “what have you done to save a life today?”
“Our goal is not to lose or injure a single Soldier, civilian, or
Family member due to an accident,” said Brig. Gen. William Wolf, U.S.
Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center commanding general in a recent news
During the summer season, excessive consumption of alcohol, assaults,
and other acts of indiscipline can combine to make this time
particularly hazardous if leaders and Soldier are not planning ahead and
looking out for each other, Wolf said.
“I expect leaders to be involved, identify the hazards their
subordinates are likely to face, teach them to be aware for changing
conditions, and help them to mitigate the risks. Leaders must emphasize
personal responsibility, consequences of alcohol abuse, and
The Army Safety Center website features articles, posters and videos
about more than 20 summer safety topics to help build a successful
summer safety program. Visit
https://safety.army.mil and click on the 2011 Safe Summer Campaign
icon in the bottom right corner.
“Anyone can access safety tips and other key safety information on just
about any summer activity you could think about. I encourage all Fort
McCoy personnel to view this website,” said Randy Eddy, Fort McCoy
Installation Safety Office (ISO) safety manager.
The Fort McCoy community should be aware of an influx of more than
14,000 troops training at the installation during the summer months,
“We must all be conscious of the heightened activity this will bring to
our installation,” Eddy said. “Be especially watchful for pedestrians
along roadways and in parking lots.”
The increase in training also will cause an abundance of vehicles on the
roadways, and many of the training Soldiers are not familiar with where
they are going and the normal daily traffic patterns, Eddy said.
Construction projects in the cantonment and training areas also pose
Several roadways will be under construction, and people will have to
alter their normal travel routes.
“Be a safe driver by obeying the speed limits, staying alert, slowing
down when pedestrians are present along roadways or when you travel
through construction zones, and avoiding distractions such as cell
phones and texting,” Eddy said.
According to Eddy, motorcycle safety remains a top priority with Army
The Army has lost 20 Soldiers this year due to motorcycle accidents,
which is a 35 percent increase compared to the 13 fatalities this same
time frame last fiscal year.
The Army has a proactive training program for military motorcycle
riders. All Soldiers wanting to operate a motorcycle must complete a
Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. (See
The ISO will provide a variety of safety literature covering spring and
summer activities at the Armed Forces Day Open House May 21. “Our focus
will be on living a healthy lifestyle and preventing needless injuries
while enjoying summer activities,” Eddy said. “Installation Management
Command has developed a comprehensive safety brochure for spring and
summer that covers how to work, play, train and live safely. We will
make these available as well.”
For more information about safety in the Fort McCoy community, call the
ISO at 608-388-3403.