Fort McCoy News October 10, 2014

Safety, A&E Amnesty Day held for McCoy community

STORY & PHOTOS BY SCOTT T. STURKOL
Public Affairs Staff

More than 20 agencies provided information in building 905, and explosive ordnance disposal Airmen were on hand on South Post to receive unused ammunition and explosives (A&E) during Fort McCoy's Safety and A&E Amnesty Day Sept. 24.

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Senior Master Sgt. Edward Smith, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) superintendent from the 155th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD Flight from Madison, Wis., holds a 40-millimeter practice round that was turned in during Fort McCoy's Safety and Ammunition and Explosives Amnesty Day.

While Fort McCoy holds a Safety Day every year, this was the first time it was combined with an A&E Amnesty Day, said Explosives Safety Specialist Don Vender of the Installation Safety Office (ISO).

The A&E Amnesty Program allows personnel to turn in any military A&E in their possession — stolen, found, forgotten — that they're not legally allowed to have. The amnesty process gets the material back into the proper supply channels. Vender said Army Regulation 710-2 and Department of the Army Pamphlet 710-2-1 require an amnesty day be held.

"The amnesty day allowed for the collection of military ammunition and explosives that are outside the control of the Department of Defense," Vender said. "Besides it being a regulation requirement, having the event allows us to get dangerous items off the street."

Vender worked with explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) Airmen from the 115th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) EOD unit of Madison, Wis., to receive the ammunition and explosives. They set up a designated collection point just off Highway 21.

"We regularly support the installation, and we were glad to support this event," said Senior Master Sgt. Edward Smith, EOD superintendent for the 115th CES.

Fort McCoy ISO Safety Manager Randy Eddy said Safety Day activities in building 905 covered broad areas of safety topics. Eddy said the event is informative and raises awareness for accident prevention.

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Fort McCoy community members participate in Safety Day activities in building 905. More than 20 agencies provided information about various safety topics during the event coordinated by the Installation Safety Office.

"A day like this gives participants a look at how safety is entwined into their daily actions and choices," Eddy said.

"Although, many people might equate safety with things they do at work. What we do here during a safety day is raise awareness of all aspects of safety, especially those areas outside of the work environment," Eddy said. "Essentially, we alert people to the idea of taking safety home with them, as the majority of accidents occur outside of the work environment."

Representatives from on- and off-post agencies participated in Safety Day. The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation presented recreational safety; the Wisconsin State Patrol highlighted highway and traffic safety; Directorate of Public Works personnel provided environmental and poisonous-plant awareness; and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offered information on all-terrain vehicle and snowmobile safety.

Physical and spiritual health aspects were addressed by the Fort McCoy Occupational Health Clinic and the Garrison Religious Services Office. Ergonomic office equipment and chairs were shown by ISO staff, and gun safety was shown by the Fort McCoy Police Department. The 115th CES EOD and Fort McCoy's Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Training Team had displays about explosives safety.

The displays, presentations and demonstrations helped stress to the attendees the importance of incorporating safety in daily activities, Eddy said.

"Besides being a place where we can showcase all aspects of safety, this event provides a friendly way to remind everyone how important safety is in everything we do," Eddy said.

For more information about safety at Fort McCoy, visit the ISO in building 1678, or call them at 608-388-3403.