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It only takes one incident to shake up an entire command. The mishap below, which occurred several years ago in my old battalion, sure got the attention of leaders at every level. Commanders, command sergeants major and first sergeants were all scrambling to identify the root cause of the mishap and restore morale in the unit. I wrote this article with the hope that it will help commands emphasize the importance of two basic tasks — conducting preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) and developing driver training programs at the unit level.

Ground Guiding: The Missing Piece

It was the end of a very productive, mishap-free day. We’d completed about 10 building safety inspections, and the clock was ticking closer and closer to time to punch out for a well-deserved weekend. Then the phone rang.

  • 18 July 2021
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Are You Experienced?

I was 19 and assigned as the commo platoon sergeant driver as my unit prepared to head out for annual training. I had very little driving experience, only receiving my civilian license the morning of the movement.

  • 11 July 2021
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Man Overboard

As I floated there completely in shock, a fellow crewmember leapt into the water to help get me to the boat ramp. An ambulance arrived shortly afterward and transported me to a local hospital.

  • 1 July 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 541
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The Importance of Dynamic Risk Management

Risk management (RM) is the five-step process leaders implement to reduce the effect of hazards to Army operations and activities. It enables leaders to identify, assess and control hazards by implementing and supervising control measures and evaluating their effectiveness. The RM process is a holistic approach designed to be integrated into troop-leading procedures and the military decision-making process.

  • 13 June 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 825
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A Dangerous Trend

I’ve noticed a dangerous trend in the Army — units taking shortcuts when issuing tactical driver’s licenses. It seems some of us have gotten away from the standards and regulations put in place to ensure proper training. Driver training across the military has been an ongoing battle, whether it was a transporter or a military intelligence master driver teaching a course. We need to treat this position as a role, not an additional duty.

  • 6 June 2021
  • Author: USACRC Editor
  • Number of views: 406
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