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Breaking the Chain

Typically, mishaps are the result of many contributing factors rather than a single event. If any link in the chain is broken, the scenario changes and the mishap can be avoided. This is not just an aviation safety officer’s words from a PowerPoint presentation. It’s a fact.

Reality Check

I don’t know why it took such a tragedy to confirm what our superiors had been telling us about wearing our Kevlar and seat belts. That accident changed the unit’s whole attitude. Our sergeant’s old war stories were now our reality. We finally got it, but we learned our lesson the hard way.

  • 3 September 2023
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FOD: No Room for Complacency

Back when I was a young buck sergeant, I got my teeth kicked in due to improper tool accountability. Getting one’s teeth kicked in isn’t as bad as it sounds; a little corrective training never hurt anyone. But this particular event inspired me to reach what I thought was an unreachable Soldier.

  • 3 September 2023
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Staying One Move Ahead

It is a graduation requirement for the students to attend a live-fire demolitions range, where they must prime and detonate certain military explosives. Sounds hazardous, right? Well, unfortunately for our schoolhouse, that wasn’t the most dangerous event to happen to the cadre on this day.

  • 27 August 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Always Be Prepared

Central Alaska is beautiful. The mountainous landscapes are truly a sight to behold. That’s assuming you’ve got good weather.

  • 27 August 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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Failing Fast

The “so what” of this unfortunate incident is that the initial risk management worksheet didn’t discuss modifications to the training. By adding an assault team to the exercise, the unit incurred an additional risk.

  • 20 August 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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