Fort Riley, Kansas



Garrison Safety Office personnel recognized for achievements

By Kalene Lozick | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | January 29, 2018

     Proactive culture made way for recognition of staff from the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Riley Safety Office for their efforts to preserve the safety of employees within the garrison command. The awards were presented on behalf of the Director of Army Safety Brig. Gen. David J. Francis. Three safety office staff were presented the Risk Management Award during the Garrison Awards Ceremony Jan. 19. The individuals awarded were Ronald Clasberry, deputy garrison safety manager; Dawn Douglas, safety and occupational health specialist and Thomas Anderson, safety specialist.

     “For Clasberry, he is the safety professional for one of the largest organizations (at Fort Riley), which is the (Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation) in addition, to being the deputy of the safety office,” Douglas said. “He not only has the responsibility for that large organization and DFMWR received an organizational level award. That can be directly correlated with the work Clasberry does with risk assessments, going in and inspecting, special classes when they need training (and) advising them when they are about to do things. People think the (Outdoor) Adventure Park is a place people can just go and have a good time. There was training behind (it) needed.”

    However, Clasberry was not the only one who has put forward a great deal of effort and hard work in ensuring the safety of garrison personnel — Douglas played an important role as well.

     “Mrs. Douglas’ efforts at one point last year, she was the only certified playground inspector on the installation and she went on out to look at all of the playgrounds, especially those in the Child Development Center, which are critical,” said Richard Hearron, installation safety manager. “I guess you always have that one person in your office that is the go-to. She does all of our training, planning, coordinating, execution of the training. She does my work plan for the year, which is approved by the Garrison commander and forwarded to (Installation Management Command), then approved by IMCOM to use across the installation.”

      The third employee to win the Risk Management Award was Anderson.

     “Mr. Anderson oversees our ammunition and explosive program,” Douglas said. “He does a lot of the statistical work to make sure there are a lot of plans to store ammunition so we don’t have incidents … He was evaluated at an Army level for our ammunition. We had six areas where we were green and one area unrated and areas of best practices. All can be directly contributed to Mr. Anderson’s expertise and knowledge of ammunition and explosive areas, so he was long due an award. It was one of those things where you don’t hear of an incidence so it goes unnoticed.”

      Among the three award recipients, five directorates were also recognized for their contributions as a team to safety installation-wide.

     The directorates awarded were the Directorate of Public Works, DFMWR, Equal Employment Opportunity and Resource Management Office. Hearron speaks upon his staff being recognized. He said it shows his staff working hard to ensure safety among the people of the garrison command.

     “What it means to me is I just have a great, professional and well-trained staff,” Hearron said. “It also means that I am lucky to have a command group that is safety focused. I have no issues with resources or bodies (to train). That is the focus of the command. When you put that together you have a great program.”


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