66th Trans. Co. earns Army Safety Excellence Streamer

by Pvt. Kevin Alex
16th Sust. Bde. Public Affairs

The 66th Transportation Company, 39th Movement Control Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade was awarded the Army Safety Excellence Streamer by Col. Keith Sledd, commander of the 16th Sust. Bde., during a ceremony July 28 on Kleber Kaserne in Kaiserslautern.

The Army Safety Excellence Streamer is awarded to units without any Class A or Class B accidents within a 12-month period and have completed
100 percent of Composite Risk Management training.

 Class A accidents result in property damage of $2 million or more or an injury or occupational illness resulting in a fatality or permanent total disability. A Class B accident results in property damage of $500,000 or more, but less than
$2 million and an injury or occupational illness that results in permanent partial disability, or when three or more personnel are hospitalized as inpatients as the result of a single occurrence.

“The fact that they were able to get 100 percent CRM completion is the really impressive part,” said Jeff Buchanan, the 16th Sust. Bde. safety manager. “It means that every Soldier in the unit understands the Army safety program, so for a unit that size to complete the CRM course online, it’s a big accomplishment.”

CRM is the Army’s primary decision-making process for identifying hazards and controlling risks across the full spectrum of Army missions, functions, operations and activities.

“What this means to me is that my Soldiers are doing the right thing day in and day out on the road,” said Capt. Hunter J. Berg, commander of the 66th Trans. Co., 39th MCB, 16th Sust. Bde. “They are putting safety in front of speed or taking shortcuts.”

This is the first time the 66th Trans. Co. has received the Army Safety Excellence Streamer since 2005.

“It makes me feel like I’ve done a successful job as a commander. My (noncommissioned officers) are doing a successful job and that the Soldiers are doing the right thing all the time,” Berg said.