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SMDC, MDA come together for joint ‘Safety Day’

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado --Col. Rick Zellmann (left), 1st Space Brigade commander, assists as Col. Tim Lawson (right), deputy commander for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, awards the 2016 Army Safety Excellence Streamer to the 1st Space Brigade during Stand-up for Safety Day, June 8, at the Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., headquarters.  Also pictured is Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Sutherland, 1st Space Brigade command sergeant major. (U.S. Army photo by Dottie White)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado --Col. Rick Zellmann (left), 1st Space Brigade commander, assists as Col. Tim Lawson (right), deputy commander for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, awards the 2016 Army Safety Excellence Streamer to the 1st Space Brigade during Stand-up for Safety Day, June 8, at the Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., headquarters. Also pictured is Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Sutherland, 1st Space Brigade command sergeant major. (U.S. Army photo by Dottie White)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Officer Curtis Summerville, Alabama Department of Public Safety public information officer, guides Sylvia Martin, executive assistant, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, on the drunk goggles course during the Missile Defense Agency and SMDC's ninth annual Joint Safety Awareness Day and Health Expo to promote safety awareness June 8 at the Von Braun Complex on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The purpose of the joint venue is to promote safety awareness and to minimize the risk of unintentional death, injury or damage caused by mishaps, promote proactive safety measures and recognize June as National Safety Month. (U.S. Army photo by Carrie David)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Officer Curtis Summerville, Alabama Department of Public Safety public information officer, guides Sylvia Martin, executive assistant, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, on the drunk goggles course during the Missile Defense Agency and SMDC's ninth annual Joint Safety Awareness Day and Health Expo to promote safety awareness June 8 at the Von Braun Complex on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. The purpose of the joint venue is to promote safety awareness and to minimize the risk of unintentional death, injury or damage caused by mishaps, promote proactive safety measures and recognize June as National Safety Month. (U.S. Army photo by Carrie David)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado --Lt. Col. Michael Hatfield ( left), 100th Missile Defense Brigade S3 operations officer, assists as Col. Tim Lawson, deputy commander for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, awards the 2016 Army Safety Excellence Streamer to the 100th MDB during Stand-up for Safety Day, June 8, at the Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., headquarters. (U.S. Army photo by Dottie White)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado --Lt. Col. Michael Hatfield ( left), 100th Missile Defense Brigade S3 operations officer, assists as Col. Tim Lawson, deputy commander for Operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, awards the 2016 Army Safety Excellence Streamer to the 100th MDB during Stand-up for Safety Day, June 8, at the Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., headquarters. (U.S. Army photo by Dottie White)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- With Memorial Day kicking off the “101 Days of Summer” and June being National Safety Month, leadership turned their focus on the health and safety of their employees.

The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and the Missile Defense Agency hosted their ninth annual Joint Safety Awareness Day and Health Expo to promote safety awareness June 8 at the Von Braun Complex on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

“Today you are demonstrating your commitment to the health and safety of our workforce by participating in today’s exposition,” said Lt. Gen. James H. Dickinson, USASMDC/ARSTRAT commanding general. “Your small investment in time, to gain information and resources, better equips each of us for a safer tomorrow. The information gained at this expo may help us work individually or collectively to prevent an accident or tragedy at home or in our workplace.”

The event was in conjunction with SMDC’s ‘Stand Up for Safety Exposition’ located at Peterson Air Force Base on the same date. During the event, Col. Tim Lawson, SMDC deputy commander for operations, awarded the 2016 Army Safety Excellence Streamers to the 1st Space Brigade and 100th Missile Defense Brigade at the command’s Peterson Air Force Base headquarters.

The purpose of the joint venue is to promote safety awareness; to minimize the risk of unintentional death, injury or damage caused by mishaps; promote proactive safety measures within the command elements in Huntsville and recognize June as National Safety Month. The day’s activities focused on safety demonstrations and inspections performed by members of Redstone Arsenal, Colorado Springs and their surrounding communities.

“We need you to be safe, we need you to be at work because we can’t execute the mission if you are not here,” said Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes, MDA director for Test. “Today is a great day to focus on safety. It is the first thing we should think about in the morning, it is the first thing we think about every time we go to the field, when we conduct a flight test, and it should be the first thing we do in our personal lives as well.”

The Safety Day expo highlighted SMDC’s and MDA’s commitments to employee safety and health by bringing in local vendors to demonstrate and promote safety awareness.

Bobby Taylor, SMDC Command Safety deputy said the event is part of the command’s Summer Safety Campaign.

“The importance of Safety Day is to raise awareness about important safety issues like: severe weather safety, distracted driving, boating safety, etc.,” Taylor said. “We’re not only looking at things to help you at home to be safe, but we’re looking at things at work that involves safety every day.

“Today’s success is due to the command emphasis on safety,” he added. “The investment in safety makes us a stronger team. Accidents usually happen when least expected and they are all preventable. We encourage all Soldiers, civilians and family members to be mindful of hazards and always take the proper safety precautions.”

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