Fort Leonard Wood’s Maneuver Support Center of Excellence demonstrated its commitment to safety excellence during fiscal year 2023, earning eight U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command safety awards. Fort Leonard Wood winners included the U.S. Army Engineer School, in the Exceptional Organization Safety – One Star category…the 1st Engineer Brigade, in the Exceptional Organization Safety – Brigade category…Major Abbey Pedersen, 3rd Chemical Brigade, in the Individual Award of Excellence – Field Grade category…Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Hickman, 3rd Chemical Brigade, in the Individual Award of Excellence – Warrant Officer category…Staff Sergeant Brandon Joffrion, 14th Military Police Brigade, in the Individual Award of Excellence – Junior Enlisted category…William Rase, U.S. Army Military Police School, in the Individual Award of Excellence – Senior Civilian category…the Horizontal Skills Division, 554th Engineer Battalion, in the Army Excellence in Industrial Safety category…and the Installation Explosive Safety Program, in the Army Excellence in Explosives Safety Award category.
According to Oscar Powers, MSCoE Safety director, Fort Leonard Wood’s safety program is strong due to “everyone’s commitment to this team. The people – the service members, civilians, retirees, family members, and the community – are what make this program work so well. Fort Leonard Wood is the best place to live and serve in the military, and our results speak for themselves year after year.”
The TRADOC winners are now in the running for Army-wide recognition in their respective categories. Army-level winners are expected to be announced in the spring.