8th MPs receive safety streamers

| July 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photo by
Pfc. Marcus Fichtl
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Capt. Christopher Nogle, right, commander of 522nd Military Police Company, along with company commanders from within the 728th MP Battalion and 8th MP Brigade, affix safety streamers onto their guidons for being accident free for 365 days without any class A or B accidents. A total of six companies received the streamer. SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Six companies of the 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, received safety streamers on Hamilton Field, here, July 1.

The safety streamers were awarded for 365 days without a class A accident, an accident that causes death, permanent total disability or that costs more than $2 million, or class B accident, an accident that causes permanent partial disability, hospitalizes three people or more in a single occurrence or costs more than $500,000 but less than $2 million.

“Receiving an award for safety in our rapid deployment environment is a testament to our leaders and Soldiers,” said Capt. Timothy Zalesky, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th MP Bde., of being one of the companies to receive the streamer. “The unit not only maintained safety overseas in a deployed environment, but maintained that safety in the training environment, an environment that includes not only military affairs but personal affairs.”

The 8th MP Bde.’s colors also received two streamers for safety during deployment, including a streamer for the brigade’s deployment to Iraq in 2008-2009 and a Global War on Terrorism streamer for participation in Ongoing Contingency Operations missions outside of the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters.

“Campaign streamers are part of a long tradition of recognizing units for their participation in battles and engagements throughout the military’s history,” said Sgt. 1st Class Benson Thomas, tasking noncommissioned officer, 8th MP Bde. “While the men and women that helped the unit earn that streamer will change, it’s important for the history and traditions of that unit to be symbolized, for all future service members of a unit to understand the values and history they are now custodians of.”

“What ultimately makes for a safe environment is that everyone — from officer, noncommissioned officer and Soldiers — makes on-the-spot safety corrections without the fear of reprisal,” said Master Sgt. James Meyers, 8th MP Bde.

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