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Army begins 101 Critical 
Days of Summer campaign

By Terri Helus, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

      FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The Army reinforces its commitment to "Never Give Safety a Day Off" with the launch of the 101 Critical Days of Summer safety campaign. 

      This safety campaign emphasizes prevention and vigilance during the summer season -- a time when Soldiers, their families and Army civilians are at greater risk.

      The Army experiences an increase in accidental fatalities during the summer months. 

      The majority of these accidents occur off-duty -- most often during outdoor activities.

      "Families have a key role to play in safety.  We need to ensure family members are educated, aware and fully involved in the risk management process," said Army Chief of Staff, General George W. Casey Jr. "The 101 Critical Days of Summer safety campaign provides awareness of potential hazards, and empowers Soldiers, families and Army civilians with timely information to ensure everyone's well-being during this especially high-risk season."

      To achieve this mission, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center will focus on a different aspect of summer safety each week, using news releases, posters and public service announcements to help educate and inform Soldiers, their family members and Army civilians. 

      Additionally, USACRC has developed an "Off-duty Safety Awareness Presentation" to help identify potential off-duty summer hazards.

      "The enemy 'risk' can be defeated, but it takes teamwork," said USACRC Command Sergeant Major Tod Glidewell. "That means Soldiers looking out for their battle buddies and family members looking out for their Soldier, as well as each other. This summer, stay alert and aware of the hazards particular to this time of year."

      For more information on the 101 Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, visit the Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center Web site https://crc.army.mil.


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