YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea ¡X U.S. Forces Korea has launched its ¡§summer safety campaign,¡¨ a reminder to servicemembers, workers and family to take care while enjoying summer training, sports and activities.
The campaign runs from May through September, according to an announcement from USFK commander Gen. B.B. Bell last week.
¡§Leaders at every level must lead this campaign and ensure that their unit summer safety program is fully developed and implemented,¡¨ Bell wrote in a May 1 ¡§Bell Sends¡¨ message.
¡§These programs must provide a comprehensive, proactive means of identifying risks and implementing risk-mitigating measures down to the individual servicemember level in unit training, operations and off-duty activities.¡¨
Here are some of the key points of the campaign:
ƒÞLeader accountability. ¡§Engaged leadership sets the tone for success,¡¨ Bell wrote. All commanders must assess risk management in every aspect of a unit¡¦s activities.
ƒÞWater activities. Alcohol, horseplay and lack of supervision are some of the reasons for injuries in the water. Swim only in authorized areas.
ƒÞVehicle safety. The dangers of drinking alcohol and driving must be emphasized, especially among new arrivals and people transferring back to the States.
ƒÞRecreational activities. Be aware of hazards associated with bicycling, camping, hiking, skating and other summer outings.
ƒÞWellness. Always look out for an individual¡¦s well being, especially if that person is separated from family. Leaders should recognize warning signs of suicide, domestic violence and other dangers and know where to get help.