Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, left, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, and the Deputy for Medical Systems to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology presents the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research leadership and the USAISR Army Safety Health Management Team the prestigious Army Safety and Occupational Health Star Flag during a ceremony Nov. 3. Left to right: Maj. Gen. Lein, Stephanie Truss, USAISR Senior Scientist Vic Convertino, Ph.D., Maria Dominguez, Staff Sgt. Jason Williams, USAISR Acting Commander, Col. (Dr.) Booker King, USAMRMC Command Sgt. Maj. David Rogers, and USAISR senior leader, Sgt. Maj. James Devine. Photo by Steven Galvan
By Steven Galvan, Public Affairs Officer
U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
12 NOVEMBER 2015
The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research is the latest Army Medicine organization to earn the prestigious Army Safety and Occupational Health Star Flag during a ceremony Nov. 3. The SOH Star Flag is earned by Army units for successful implementation of the Army Safety and Occupational Health Management System that is equivalent to a federal program by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The flag was presented to acting USAISR Commander Col. (Dr.) Booker King and the USAISR Army Safety Health Management System Team by Maj. Gen. Brian C. Lein, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, and the Deputy for Medical Systems to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.
“Congratulations! This is truly a great day for MRMC and the ISR, but this is just a start,” said Lein. “You have to continue safe practices every day and continue to embrace the safety culture that you have gone through over the course of the last two years to earn this recognition.”
To earn the SOH Star Flag an organization must complete 243 safety and occupational health performance-based tasks across three phases. The completion of all the phases normally takes three years to accomplish and covers areas in safety and health training, hazard prevention and control, a worksite analysis, management leadership and employee involvement.
According to USAISR Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist Stephanie Truss, the institute met and/or exceeded all standards and completed all three phases of the program in two years.
“It was clearly evident then and now that the staff truly understands the concept that safety is everyone’s business,” said Truss. “A special ‘thank you’ goes out to the safety team and the entire staff for supporting this program and getting us to this point.”
Lein concluded his remarks at the flag presentation ceremony by challenging the USAISR to maintain and instill safety to all new members joining the institute.
“Make sure that the brand new E-2s that shows up here from AIT [advanced initial training], the 0-4 or civilian understands that they are part of the safety process and that they embrace it from day one,” Lein said.
“This is an organization accomplishment and a true team award,” said Truss. “The participation of safety every day at this institute by every service member, civilian and contractor made this possible and we did it!”