Marine Corps Logistics Base ALBANY Ga. --
The commandant of the Marine Corps awarded Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany with an Achievement in Safety Award during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., March 28.
Marine Administrative Message 149/12, dated March 12, named MCLB Albany as the group three recipient of the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ 2011 Ground Safety Award, which the Achievement in Safety Award falls under.
The award recognizes commands and individuals for their significant contributions and accomplishments in the field of safety, mishap prevention and force preservation during fiscal year 2011.
Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, received the installation’s third CMC’s Achievement in Safety Award.
“It’s an honor to receive this safety award,” he said. “It demonstrates the professionalism of our safety staff and how seriously all of our employees have taken our safety program goal to achieve Voluntary Protection Program Star status.”
The second award described in a Naval Message released March 12 by Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry, commanding general, Marine Corps Installations East, selected MCLB Albany as the recipient of the CG MCIEAST Award recipient for Ground Safety Excellence. This is the base’s second MCIEAST Ground Safety award received, and will be presented at a later date.
The message reads, “You empowered your tenant organizations to accomplish their assigned missions in support of the warfighter by making safety and risk management command core values. The safety metrics you continue to publish are nothing short of except-ional.”
According to base officials, MCLB Albany has won numerous awards for their excellence in safety over the past 10 years.
Merrill Dickinson, installation safety manager, Risk Management, Public Safety Division, MCLB Albany, said the awards recognize the efforts of all employees and especially the supervisors.
“Safety is a leadership function and we should all feel honored that our leadership cares very sincerely about our welfare and our safety,” he said. “Our employees look out for each other and are engaged in every aspect of the command safety program. I believe this is what makes MCLB Albany a very special and unique place to work.”
Dickinson noted the timing of these awards is another indication that MCLB Albany is ready to apply for VPP Star status.
“The command has been implementing VPP for nearly three years and we have all the elements in place,” he said. “Our mishap rates are the lowest on record and I know we will do well during the upcoming VPP Readiness Assessment. We are also preparing for the Occupational Health and Safety Administration onsite evaluation later this summer. I am confident that if everyone does their part to show OSHA how good we really are, we will be awarded star site recognition.”