FORT RUCKER, Ala. – Each year, Army proponents and individuals are singled out and recognized for their accident prevention efforts as well as safety-minded service via recognition through the Army Safety Program.
Timely, accurate and public recognition of deserving units and individuals reinforces accident prevention efforts, increases safety awareness and enhances a positive safety culture. The following are awards organizations and individuals may receive as a result of remaining vigilant in keeping “Army Strong” through safety:
• Army Headquarters Safety Award. This plaque is awarded by the secretary of the Army and Army chief of staff to Army commands, Army service component commands and direct reporting units that have demonstrated significant improvements and sustained excellence and leadership in accident prevention programs. Submission deadline is Nov. 15 annually. Organizations are encouraged to develop programs providing local safety awards. Receiving a safety award does not preclude an individual from receiving a military award as described in Army Regulation 600-8-22, Military Awards.
• Army Exceptional Organization Safety Award. This plaque is awarded each fiscal year to the battalion through division and garrison organization with the most effective overall safety program. Annual submission deadline is Nov. 15.
• Army Individual Award of Excellence in Safety. This plaque is awarded each fiscal year to individuals in each of four categories; officer, noncommissioned officer/enlisted, Department of the Army Civilians and Army contract employees, who make the most significant contribution to accident prevention. Annual submission deadline is Nov. 15.
• Director of Army Safety Composite Risk Management Award. This plaque is awarded by the DASAF to organizations or individuals who have made significant contributions to Army readiness through composite risk management. Submissions can be forwarded anytime during the year. This award can be given to a single unit or individual per year.
• Sergeant Major of the Army Superior Soldier Safety Award. The SMA awards this plaque to the Soldier who demonstrates “Pockets of Excellence” or “Best Practices” in safeguarding Army operations or personnel. Submissions can be forwarded anytime during the year. This award can be given to one Soldier per year.
• United States Army Safety Guardian Award. This award is presented by the DASAF to individuals who, through extraordinary individual action in an emergency situation, prevent an imminently dangerous situation, prevent injury to personnel, or minimize or prevent damage to Army property. Nominations should be submitted as soon as possible after the occurrence of the event.
• Army Aviation Broken Wing Award. This award is presented by the DASAF to individuals who, through outstanding airmanship, minimize or prevent aircraft damage or injury to personnel during emergency situations. Submissions can be forwarded anytime during the year.
• United States Army Aircrew Member Safety Award. This award is presented to Army military personnel, Department of the Army Civilians and Army contract employees who fly as aircrew members and have at least 500 flight hours in U.S. Army aircraft without having a contributing role in a human factors-related Class A, B or C aviation accidents. Submissions can be forwarded anytime during the year.
• Unit Safety Certification. This is used to identify units, platoon size or larger, that have achieved levels of safety that deserve recognition. To be certified a unit must have completed the following:
- Appointed, in writing, a safety officer who has completed the required level of training.
- Implemented a safety program in accordance with Army safety regulation requirements.
- Reduced the number of accidents, both on and off duty, by 50 percent from the previous year.
- Have in place an accident tracking and reporting system that complies with Army safety regulation requirements.
- Have in place a documented CRM process
demonstrating risk assessment and resulting implementation and management of controls.
- Sustained the above initiatives for a significant and established period of time, such as one year, two years and so forth.
Upon verification of the criteria above by the commander at the next level, a certificate will be issued by the local safety office recognizing the unit’s achievement for the given period of time. See AR 385-10, Chapter 8-6.
• Army Accident Prevention Award of Accomplishment. This award is presented by Major Command commanders to units having an accident-free year. DA Form 5775 is used for this award and criteria, policies and procedures are outlined in DA PAM 385-10, Army Safety Program.
• Unit Impact Awards. These can be used to promote safety and also provide on-the-spot recognition.
• Certificate of Achievement. Units may use a DA Form 1119-1 or equivalent signed by the organizational leader to recognize individuals. Appropriated funds may be used to purchase items such as trophies.
In addition to the accident prevention awards listed above, there are two other safety-related awards that can be used to recognize individuals – the Driver Badge and Mechanic Badge.
Information on these awards can be found in paragraph 8-31 of AR 600-8-22.
For examples of award submissions, visit the USACRC Web site at https://crc.army.mil/home/ and click on “Awards Program” and then “Awards Programs and Policies.”
For DASAF and SMA approved awards, contact the awards administrator at ASO@hqda.army.mil, DSN 332-3509 or CML (703) 602-3509. For the U.S. Army Broken Wing award, contact email@example.com or DSN 558-3660, commercial (334) 255-3660, or USACRC help desk, DSN 558-1390, commercial (334) 255-1390.