8th Army commander urges proactive stance on safety
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — The continued “personal involvement” of the 8th Army community is vital to achieving the goal of eliminating fatalities and reducing accidents, commander Lt. Gen. Charles Campbell wrote in a statement released Friday.
His personnel “celebrated the recent Christmas/New Year Holidays without a tragic accident,” he wrote, and “I congratulate all of you for this noteworthy accomplishment.”
Proactive leadership, discipline, safety awareness and teamwork were key factors, according to Campbell.
But with the Lunar New Year holiday, Super Bowl weekend and President’s Day approaching, he wrote that personnel must “continue to reinforce off-duty activities.”
Commanders and supervisors must ensure soldiers and civilians “are briefed on the potential hazards associated with the winter season,” he wrote.
U.S. Forces Korea Pamphlet 385-2, “A Systems Approach to Seasonal Safety,” can be found on the 8th Army’s Safety Web site (http://8tharmy.korea.army.mil/safety), according to the statement.
Areas that need special attention, Campbell wrote, include motor vehicle operations, use of heaters in quarters and billeting areas, alcohol abuse, suicide, discipline and the hazards associated with recreational activities such as skiing and hiking.
“The aggressive support of commanders and supervisors is necessary to successfully prevent cold weather injuries, save lives and resources,” Campbell wrote. “Make these holiday periods an accident-free and memorable occasion for all of us. I am committed to safety and readiness. You must be too!"