Maintenance rodeo aims to raise safety awareness

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments
From left to right, Staff Sergeant Sheree Mitchell, Chief Archie Morgan, Maj. Gerveline Eliassaint and Sgt.1st Class Floyd Reyes of HHD, 500th MI Bde., S4 (Logistics & Maintenance), lead the way with putting together very effective safety awareness training at the brigade motor pool during the month of June. Soldiers were able to learn and practice proper safety procedures and identify risk and mitigation to decrease preventable accidents before they occur. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

From left to right, Staff Sergeant Sheree Mitchell, Chief Archie Morgan, Maj. Gerveline Eliassaint and Sgt.1st Class Floyd Reyes of HHD, 500th MI Bde., S4 (Logistics & Maintenance), lead the way with putting together very effective safety awareness training at the brigade motor pool during the month of June. Soldiers were able to learn and practice proper safety procedures and identify risk and mitigation to decrease preventable accidents before they occur. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Think safety first

Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley
500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — “Everyone is a safety” is a saying some Soldiers may hear during a safety brief right before a firing range “goes hot” or right before a field training exercise.

The fact of the matter is, practicing good situational awareness and taking the time out to conduct safety checks and equipment inspections can make a significant difference to help prevent injuries or death.

Leaders and Soldiers of the 500th Military Intelligence Brigade-Theater conducted a series of safety classes during the month of June in support of National Safety Month, to include a safety maintenance rodeo at the Brigade motor pool, here.

Soldiers of HHD, 500th MI Bde. practice weapons safety procedures by disassembling and reassembling a Beretta M9 pistol while participating in the unit's Safety Maintenance Rodeo in support of safety awareness during the month of June. The weapons safety procedure was part of a ÒMaintenance RodeoÓ in which leaders and Soldiers participated and competed in teams to mitigate risk of preventable accidents in support of safety awareness month. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers of HHD, 500th MI Bde. practice weapons safety procedures by disassembling and reassembling a Beretta M9 pistol while participating in the unit’s Safety Maintenance Rodeo in support of safety awareness during the month of June. The weapons safety procedure was part of a “Maintenance Rodeo” in which leaders and Soldiers participated and competed in teams to mitigate risk of preventable accidents in support of safety awareness month. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Throughout the year, Soldiers conduct countless hours of training exercises to maintain fighting strength and capabilities to sustain mission readiness. The purpose of safety awareness is to ensure that Soldiers are not only aware and educated on the risk associated with unsafe behavior, but also to ensure that they are actually following those steps to mitigate the risk whether they are on or off duty.

“I think hands-on teaching is better than reading and listening to an instructor,” said Spc. Timothy D. Williams, paralegal specialist of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 500th MI Bde. “It’s easy to make a mistake and cause a tragedy. Taking the time out to learn how to properly conduct safety precautions while operating vehicles and equipment is important,” he said.

Every week during the month of June, Soldiers attended different safety classes such as fire safety, hearing conservation and ground guiding operations.

At the end of safety training, the leaders and Soldiers were split up into three teams, by battalions, and competed in a safety challenge where they had to go through five different stations. The team with the fastest time using all of the safety precautions won.

The stations consisted of disassembling and assembling an M9 pistol, an M4 rifle and an M249 light machine gun to demonstrate weapons safety knowledge, execute a tire change on a High Mobile Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), conduct preventative maintenance checks (PMCS) on a 30 kilowatt generator, attach a tow bar onto a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) and attach an LMTV trailer to a LMTV and ground guide.

Soldiers of 205th MI Bn, 500th MI Bde., demonstrate safe ground guide procedures after attaching a LMTV trailer onto the back of a LMTV at the 500th MI Bde Motor pool June 26. The ground guide operation was part of a ÒMaintenance RodeoÓ in which leaders and Soldiers participated and competed in teams to mitigate risk of preventable accidents in support of safety awareness month. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Soldiers of 205th MI Bn, 500th MI Bde., demonstrate safe ground guide procedures after attaching a LMTV trailer onto the back of a LMTV at the 500th MI Bde Motor pool June 26. The ground guide operation was part of a “Maintenance Rodeo” in which leaders and Soldiers participated and competed in teams to mitigate risk of preventable accidents in support of safety awareness month. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

“The challenge was interesting and fun because we all came together as a team, as we normally do, to get through it,” said Cpl. Alyson N. Kemp, 715th MI Battalion. “I learned new things about the generator, and the jack stands for changing a tire. Training on safety the proper way becomes second nature, and it prevents accidents that can be avoided,” she said.

Not every accident that occurs with Soldiers is on the battlefield. In fact, according to the U.S Combat Readiness Center current fiscal year (FY) weekly update, statistics show that the leading cause of injury or fatalities are non-combat related.

“The safety training lets us know what we need to work on and get familiar with it when it comes to overall safety operations.” said Pfc. Brady A. Rogotzke, 205th MI Bn. “We have safety measures in place so that we are able to do our job,” he said.” If we are hurt, we can’t fully function as a force.”

This safety initiative doesn’t stop while on duty. In order to maintain a safe Army of leaders and Soldiers within our ranks, we must continually put safety first and know that there are no short cuts when it comes to the safety of our lives and the lives of those who are around us, wherever we are.

“As a leader, you have the responsibility to effectively manage high-risk behavior,” said Maj. Gerveline Eliassaint, S4 (logistics & maintenance) officer in charge (OIC). “Safety is everyone’s concern – leaders, Soldiers, civilians and contractors alike – to take all necessary precautions, as well as look out for each other on and off duty,” she said. “I hope to improve their knowledge for proactive safety behavior.”

Leaders and Soldiers of the 500th MI Bbe. (Theater) conduct a ÒMaintenance RodeoÓ to raise safety awareness in support of safety awareness month on June 26. The maintenance rodeo consisted of a safety competition to see who can conduct a series of equipment and ground guiding operations in the fastest time without skipping any steps to ensure the safety of the equipment operator and those that are around. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Leaders and Soldiers of the 500th MI Bbe. (Theater) conduct a “Maintenance Rodeo” to raise safety awareness in support of safety awareness month on June 26. The maintenance rodeo consisted of a safety competition to see who can conduct a series of equipment and ground guiding operations in the fastest time without skipping any steps to ensure the safety of the equipment operator and those that are around. (Photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

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