‘Never Daunted’ Bn. devotes entire day to safety, suicide prevention

| September 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
William Maxwell (left), safety officer, Directorate of Installation Safety, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, gives a class on motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, moped and dirt bike safety to Soldiers of the 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, Sept. 7, at a daylong safety training event at Helemano Military Reservation. (Capt. Julia Miller | 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC)

William Maxwell (left), safety officer, Directorate of Installation Safety, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, gives a class on motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, moped and dirt bike safety to Soldiers of the 643rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, Sept. 7, at a daylong safety training event at Helemano Military Reservation. (Capt. Julia Miller | 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC)

2nd Lt. Jymette Watrous
Forward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

HELEMANO MILITARY RESERVATION — Once every three months, the 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, conducts specialized training for an entire day to remind all that they are only strong when all the battalion’s Soldiers are healthy and safe.

The battalion brought in speakers to talk about a variety of topics — including composite risk management, substance abuse, personally owned vehicles and motorcycle safety, heat injury prevention, outdoor recreation safety, domestic violence and suicide prevention — when it conducted its safety stand down, here, Sept. 7.

Command Sgt. Maj. Raymond Theard, senior enlisted leader, 84th Eng. Bn., said he believes it is absolutely essential to set aside time for the battalion to focus on safety as one unit.

“It emphasizes how important safety is to the senior leadership of the battalion,” Theard said. “We want the Soldiers to know that they are our most important asset. By having this training at the battalion level, senior battalion staff and the command group can participate in these events and show the Soldiers that even we are not immune to safety hazards.”

The event also brought the battalion together to reflect on accidents happening throughout the Army. Oftentimes, Soldiers will only hear about incidents that happened within their own units, never realizing how many Soldiers are getting injured or killed because of preventable accidents Armywide.

“(This event) puts everything into perspective that’s happened Armywide, so the same safety-related incidents don’t happen again in our unit,” said Sgt. Travis Thorpe, water treatment specialist, Forward Support Company, 84th Eng. Bn.

The safety stand down also emphasized September’s Suicide Prevention Month.

“Suicide is one of the most difficult subjects, (but) is also one of the most dangerous when ignored,” said Chaplain (Capt.) Mark McCorkle, 84th Eng. Bn.

The 84th Eng. Bn. will continue to emphasize the importance of safety through quarterly stand down days in the future.

 

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