Fort Bragg is known as the center of the universe, when it comes to the U.S. military’s warfighting effort. But it can also be called the center of Army safety, as the installation’s Safety Office was recently recognized for making the installation one of the Army’s safest.

The Fort Bragg Installation Safety Office was awarded the U.S. Army Safety Excellence Streamer.

According to the Army Readiness Center’s website, the criterion for receiving the streamer notes that the installation’s garrison has not had a Class A or Class B accident/mishap in 12 consecutive months. The guidelines are defined as:

Class A:

An Army accident with total cost of property damage of $2 million or more and/or an injury and/or occupational illness resulting in a fatality or permanent, total disability.

Class B:

An Army accident resulting in total cost of property damage of $500,000 or more, but less than $2 million; an injury and/or occupational illness resulting in permanent partial disability, or when three or more personnel are hospitalized as inpatients as the result of a single occurrence.

Mark Scott, the Installation Safety Office’s acting safety manager, said he is proud of the efforts of its members as well as of the fact that the office was recognized.

“The award demonstrates our personnel are setting the safety standards with a sincere commitment to mishap/injury prevention and risk management. All the while our personnel were being courageous enough to set and enforce those tough and sometime unpopular standards of safety performance in our work spaces even as our daily operational tempo changes,” he said.

So, what does the streamer mean in terms of the office’s achievements?

“The safety streamer demonstrates excellence in our sustained mission with simultaneous exemplary safety performance both on and off-duty,” Scott said. “It also shows that safety is a shared responsibility by leadership and those who are being led. That when mission guidance/tasks are given, our personnel execute their mission well above expected standards.”

Scott added that the result of a safe workplace translates to direct cost savings to the taxpayer and indirect cost savings to the unit as far as the unit functioning with all personnel on board.

“It gives Family members peace of mind that their loved one they sent to work will come home as they left,” Scott added.