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Look, Don’t Touch
Prior to our 2008 deployment to a small fire base in Iraq, our unit was told we’d be getting three M114 HMMWVs equipped with the Automatic Fire Extinguishing System. Since no one knew anything about the AFES, we were given a nice PowerPoint presentation to explain the system’s capabilities. While the presentation was informative, it later became apparent that a few of us didn’t pay close attention to it.
Loud and Clear

Today’s Army vehicles provide Soldiers with more protection against enemy threats than ever before. These advancements, however, have come at a price for some crews who’ve had to cope with restricted outside visibility and altered vehicle handling. As the Army continues to field and improve its combat vehicles, the need for effective crew coordination is essential for Soldiers to safely and effectively complete their mission.

  • 1 October 2014
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Hot Rods
Years ago, I learned the value of speaking up for what’s right, regardless of the consequences. Early in my career as an Army aviator, I was told if I closed my pie hole and opened my ears, I might learn something. I was careful not to judge other pilots’ mistakes too harshly because one day I may do something less than brilliant. We have all done something stupid, whether we admit it or not.
  • 1 October 2014
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Failure to Imagine

I was a young CW2 when I had my Class C accident. I have often contemplated the factors that led up to it. The factor that sticks out most was our crew’s failure to imagine.

  • 1 October 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Lessons Learned
Have you ever had to stand before the commander and explain yourself and/or your decisions? Just prior to that conversation, did you say, “Self, there had to be a better way to execute that mission.” Once in the commander’s office, did you feel like the only thing you could say would begin with, “Sir, no one was more surprised than I when …”
  • 1 October 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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