DVIDS – News – JBM-HH Service Members Challenged to Put Safety First This Summer

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. – Soldiers assigned to the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) took the day off to focus on security June 10 during a security stop on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

The event, scheduled to coincide with National Security Month in June and timed to take place during the Critical 101 Days of Summer campaign, educated soldiers on the dangers of drunk driving, vehicle and motorcycle maintenance, fire safety, electrical safety, water safety/life jackets, hydration/weather accident prevention and other safety campaign topics.

Expert advice such as “drink water and listen to your body” and “just one drink can impact your judgement” was offered by base officials and community partners who held demonstrations and information booths at events.

Army Substance Abuse Program Prevention Coordinator George Suber said the event was to take place as the JBM-HH community enters the “fun time of the year” when good weather often lends itself to outdoor activities, barbecues, fireworks, social events and vacations.

“Have fun, but be careful and be responsible when consuming alcohol as part of your pleasure,” he said.

Private First Class Sean Hamilton, Infantryman, 4th Battalion, TOG, said he was not surprised to receive information about drunk driving, but to learn more about water safety and victims of the heat was an added bonus.

“I think we should at least do (the Safety Standdown) every year, just to check our knowledge, to stay safe,” he said.

The event’s focus on off-duty activities also included automotive safety and basic vehicle maintenance. Staff Sgt. Erica Chung, instrumentalist with Fife and Drum Corps, 4th Battalion, TOG, said she learned how doing her own upkeep could help her in the long run.

“Simple things like changing the wiper fluid…I could take my car and let the dealer handle it, but if you know these simple things, it will save you a lot of money,” a- she declared. “Even by just looking around your car, you can catch a lot of things. It helps you and saves you from spending a lot of money in the future.

Ultimately, Chung said, staying aware of the vehicle’s condition and tracking basic repairs could avert a tragedy.

“On a rainy day, it could save lives or even (prevent) an accident or fatal injury,” she said.

Kerry Kolhof, regimental safety officer, TOG, said the annual standdown event is meant to encourage service members to think critically about summer safety.

“When you’re on duty, you have a squad leader or a buddy watching your back, but when you’re off duty, you have to be that squad leader or ranger buddy watching your back. family (and) watch yourself,” he said. “We do risk assessments in the military before every mission. When you’re off duty, you have to do the risk assessment .

For more summer safety tips, visit: safety.army.mil or contact the JBM-HH Safety Office: 703-806-3447.

Date taken: 23.06.2022
Date posted: 27.06.2022 09:30
Story ID: 423722

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