CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT — Soldiers of 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) attended mandatory, post-deployment safety training, Nov. 26, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Minnick L. Eargle, 1st TSC safety director, conducted the training to ensure Soldiers have the knowledge and tools necessary to make the transition from deployed life to life in garrison with Family and friends.

“Planning is the key to success and this has been our team’s primary mission for the past eight months in Kuwait and other countries in our area of responsibility,” said Master Sgt. Will Hayes, Strategic Operations and Plans acting sergeant major, 1st TSC.

“We have to stay vigilant as we approach the end of our deployment cycle. We can’t afford to lose any member of the SOaP team to an accident that could have been prevented by a resource we already have at our disposal.”

The Safety Redeployment Training program covers key areas that haven’t been a part of deployed Soldiers daily lives during time away from home.

“The safety training covers everything from driving a car to wearing the seatbelt,” said Eargle. “Safety in the garrison environment has different risk factors than safety while deployed.”

Eargle’s safety briefing covered driving, fatigue, alcohol, motorcycles, off-duty and sports activities and weapons safety.

“One of the most important aspects of Mr. Eargle’s safety class was the alcohol consumption,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Cameron, Class III operations contract support noncommissioned officer in charge. “It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of being back home with Family and friends that Soldiers often forget safety and need a plan to get home safely.”

All Soldiers in attendance seemed to relate to Eargle’s training. Not all Soldiers ride motorcycles, drink alcohol or even drive.

“As leaders, we need to know all the safety tools that we have at our disposal,” said Sgt. Daniel W. Roudebush, intelligence cell noncommissioned officer in charge, SOaP team, 1st TSC. “Even if you don’t ride a motorcycle, as a noncommissioned officer, we still have a responsibility to take care of the Soldiers that do.”

At the end of a nine-month deployment, the 1st TSC SOaP team has formed a tight bond and accountability to each other.

“It would be hard to see or hear that someone that I have become so close (to) have something bad happen to them, said Sgt. 1st Class Charnelle D. Thomas, strategic plans NCOIC, 1st TSC. “To not take heed to all things safety upon our return would be devastating.”

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