Garrison earns Army safety award

Story and photo by Rick Scavetta
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern

During a recent award ceremony, Kathleen Marin, Installation Management Command Europe acting director, presented the Army Safety Composite Risk Management Award to U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern.

Scott Livingston, the garrison safety manager, accepted the award from Marin who commended his spirit and passion for safety that helped coach and mentor garrison staff to safety excellence, she said. In Kaiserslautern, safety is not a program, but a culture, she said.

“You infuse that spirit into your home here at U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern,” Marin said. “Continue to be role models for the installation management community.”

To earn the award, Army garrisons worldwide submitted packages to the Installation Management Command, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. Of the 40 nominations submitted, Kaiserslautern was forwarded to the Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center for selection.

The garrison provides facility and community services to support 42 tenant commands in Kaiserslautern. That includes administrative support, fire and emergency response, law enforcement, religious programs, public affairs, and information technology. Marin highlighted how the garrison supported nine railhead missions with no injuries and how the garrison’s logistics directorate reduced vehicles accidents by 50 percent.

Garrison programs also offer recreational facilities and services to Soldiers, families and civilians, including parks, libraries, child care and youth services, fitness centers, restaurants, and auto hobby shops. The Directorate of Families and Morale, Welfare and Recreation held 135 community events, serving more than 25,000 Soldiers and families, with no accidents or incidents, Marin said.

“That’s incredible when you consider all the moving parts and people involved,” Marin said. “Your overall garrison accident and injury rate is 25 percent below the Army norm. That doesn’t happen by accident.”