The U.S. Army Forces Command was presented today with the Army secretary and chief of staff of the Army’s Army Headquarters Safety Award for its outstanding safety record and initiatives in fiscal year 2011.

“FORSCOM’s safety accomplishments clearly reflect dedicated service as an organization continually striving to achieve Army readiness and mission success,” wrote Brig. Gen. William F. Wolf, director of Army Safety, in a congratulatory letter that accompanied the award.

In FY11, FORSCOM deployed forces and equipment to 63 geographically and environmentally challenging countries in support of combat, disaster, humanitarian and/or training missions.

Some highlights from FORSCOM’s successful safety year of conserving human and materiel resources include:

An 18 percent drop in on- and off-duty fatalities, with a 20 percent decline in privately owned vehicle fatalities and overall Class A through Class C accidents down by 38 percent.

No Army combat vehicle or Army motor vehicle fatalities even though the command drove more than 84 million miles in those type vehicles.

Aviation accidents down by 13 percent in spite of a continued high operational tempo of more than 96,000 flight hours flown. FORSCOM completed its fifth year without an aviation-related fatality.

A 65 percent reduction in total civilian employee accidents.

A total drop in accident costs of 50 percent, with a cost savings of $30.45 million.

In presenting the award, Col. Kenneth Biland, the deputy commanding officer of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, attributed FORSCOM’s safety accomplishments to Soldiers assuming individual responsibility and a continued hands-on approach to accident prevention and direct leader involvement at all levels.

He specifically cited the FORSCOM Commander’s Risk Reduction Council, which focuses on all high-risk behaviors for total force protection and had been identified by the Army Safety Office Audit Program team as a “best practice.”