By 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
FORT CARSON, Colo. — With the changing of the seasons transpiring and the cold weather coming, 1st Space Brigade, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, hosted its annual Safety Day before a four-day holiday weekend Oct. 8, 2020.
“Safety should be a part of everything we do and in our personal lives,” said Col. Brian Bolio, commander, 1st Space Brigade, as he addressed his Soldiers in formation. “Keep an eye on your squad mates, and treat them as Family. Keep your head on a swivel, and make sure we are taking care of each other during these times of the year, and that we hold each other accountable.”
Soldiers made the rounds for seven safety presentations in small groups: winter driving, winter outdoor recreational activities, cold weather injuries, home and office safety, grill and smoker safety, alcohol and drug abuse and sexual harassment/assault risk and prevention training.
Cedric Pelt, safety manager, 1st Space Brigade, facilitated and coordinated the event.
“I hope (Soldiers) understand the risk they engage in during this time of year,” he said. “It’s all about risk management.”
After the presentations, Soldiers pondered what they had learned. The Soldiers learned safety tips on everything from fishing to cooking, and bringing awareness to mindless daily activities where people can sometimes get careless in a routine.
“Today taught me to bring safety to each and everything that I do,” said Sgt. Deamonte Galloway, an information technology specialist with 2nd Space Company, 1st Space Brigade. “At home be cognizant, and don’t be negligent of the things I am doing.”
Pfc. James Cromer, an information technology specialist with 1st Space Company, 1st Space Brigade, said the outdoor recreation class was the most helpful for him.
“I’ve never ice fished,” he said. “That’s useful information I can retain if I ever decide to go.”
The event was engaging and required the Soldiers to participate in games to win prizes, all while maintaining the current COVID-19 safety climate.
The Army Safety Program is a collection of policies, tools and informational products designed to maximize integration of risk management across Army operations. As the Army’s principal risk reduction methodology, risk management is inherently tied to readiness and provides the foundation of safety efforts to prevent needless loss of lives and materiel.