Safety’s a top priority, especially during ‘Dog Days of Summer,’ thru Labor Day
Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command participated in a semiannual safety stand down day, here, June 29.
The training was conducted to meet the Army’s requirement for safety training in areas of disaster preparedness to drown-proofing and deep-water entries training.
“The goal of our safety program is to provide our Soldiers with as much information and training as possible, so that in the event of a disaster or any incident, they will have the knowledge on how to deal with the situation,” said 1st Lt. David Macaspac, executive officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 94th AAMDC.
The unit’s safety training spotlighted a variety of areas in the Army’s safety program.
“We focused on summer safety and incorporated fire safety, as well,” said 1st Sgt. Gregory Tidwell, HHB, 94th AAMDC. “We also trained on disaster management and how important it is due to tsunamis, hurricanes and other natural disasters that may occur at anytime on this island.
“Training was also conducted on drown-proofing due to the high numbers of Soldiers spending a majority of their free time at the beach surfing or scuba diving,” Tidwell added.
One of the Army’s golden rules is that safety is a top priority for its Soldiers, civilians and their family members.
“It’s very important that people get educated in areas of water safety, such as drown-proofing and the basics of learning to swim, so that when situations occur they will know how to stay afloat,” said Delori Manus, a lifeguard at Richardson Pool.
“My favorite part of safety stand down training was learning how to use my Army combat uniform trousers to float in water and the deep-water entries,” said Pvt. Kia Mullins, intelligence analyst, 94th AAMDC.
“I feel that training days like these are very important,” Mullins said. “Hands-on training like this is good for Soldiers because you can only learn so much from a book.”
The “100 Days of Summer” began on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day.
Each year the Army incorporates lessons learned and new safety training in order to educate its Soldiers and to make the organization a safer work environment on and off official duty.