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Everyone in the military has their own reasons for joining. I volunteered because I needed to support my growing family. I almost ended my life and Army career at age 19, however, when I — like so many Soldiers before and after me — rolled a HMMWV.

Everyone Has a Role

Risk management, safety and constant planning are a way of life for the military, but so are chaos, deadlines, demands and stress. When leaders forget to follow basic principles, people could get hurt or killed.

  • 11 February 2024
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The Mission vs. Safety Struggle

In certain situations, such as time-sensitive operations, there may be pressure to complete missions swiftly. This can result in shortcuts or compromises in safety procedures for the sake of mission accomplishment.

  • 4 February 2024
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Do What's Right Every Day

Discipline is the cornerstone upon which our Army was built. All Soldiers, for the most part, understand what the standards are, but some do not possess the discipline to fulfill their obligation to achieve the standard. Whether we are talking about the discipline to wear the uniform correctly — both inside and outside the wire — or the discipline to do the hard right over the easy wrong, it’s all about personal choice.

  • 28 January 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Details Matter

When it comes to personal safety and the safety of others, details matter — even the small ones. That is the lesson my fellow Soldiers learned that day. I also learned to never let anyone convince you into dismissing even the most trivial steps in a well-established process.

  • 21 January 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Never Ignore the Signs

Winter was in full swing at Forward Operating Base Speicher, but the sky was clear. I could still see the sun and feel a sense of warmth; however, once reality kicked in, the air was chilly even at mid-day. My unit was on the last leg of a yearlong deployment, and the overall morale of my fellow Soldiers was high.

  • 14 January 2024
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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