FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. – The Fort Leonard Wood Maneuver Support Center of Excellence demonstrated its commitment to security excellence during Fiscal Year 2021, winning three level security awards army for his efforts.

Winners from Fort Leonard Wood included:

  • Maj. Jason Overstreet, 795th Military Police Battalion, in the Field Grade Officer category;
  • 169th Engineer Battalion, in the Army Outstanding Organization category (battalion level); and
  • Fort Leonard Wood Explosives Safety Program in the Army Excellence in Explosives Safety category. It was the second year in a row that ESP was named the best in the army.

In a letter dated June 9, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville and Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth thanked the winners for their hard work and efforts to prevent accidents.

“The achievements of these awardees reinforce the importance of proactive risk management integrated into all of our plans, operations and training,” they wrote. “Effective casualty prevention is critical to Army readiness and is especially important in light of force reductions and resource challenges.”

Oscar Powers, director of security for the MSCoE, called the victories here “a testament to the approach of the entire team of teams at Fort Leonard Wood to all of the risk mitigation activities we conduct here.”

“The US military is a people-centric profession,” he said. “(These awards) show how much people and units here actually care about the safety of individuals and their families.”

Overstreet, the executive officer of the 795th MP Battalion, played an “instrumental” role in the battalion’s 2021 security program, Col. Kirk Whittenberger, commander of the 14th Military Police Brigade, wrote in the letter of appointment. ‘Overstreet.

Whittenberger wrote that Overstreet led weekly task forces to ensure commanders had the supplies they needed to continue the training mission while also working to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Overstreet also helped the unit adapt and run controlled surveillance. A vapor barrier and controlled watch barracks put in place by Overstreet became standard at the brigade level.

Under Overstreet’s leadership, the battalion’s security program earned a rating of excellence in a command inspection in September. Inspectors said it was the best program in the brigade.

The 169th Engineer Battalion has completed 12 consecutive months without encountering a soldier or unit responsible for a Class A, B or C accident, 1st Engineer Brigade Commander Col. Gerald Law wrote in the letter. appointment of the battalion.

The Sapper Training Company – which is aligned with the 169th – designed and implemented the Sapper Fitness Test, a pre-assessment designed to ensure students can meet the physical requirements for continued course performance. The company also implemented new heat mitigation techniques and partnered with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine to track students’ vital signs in real time during class, said writes Law.

The battalion has implemented COVID-19 mitigation measures, including additional preventative measures in Company A, which trains army divers. Their enhanced disinfection measures have been implemented on all diving related equipment after each dive.

The battalion’s training mission includes companies in Panama City Beach, Florida, and Gulfport, Mississippi. In 2021, two named storms, Tropical Storm Fred and Hurricane Ida, affected these units. Leaders maintained 100% accountability for permanent staff and trainees while ensuring the unit was resourced for sustained emergency operating conditions.

Lt. Col. Vanessa Bowman, battalion commander, qualified the honorary award for the unit.

“Our team uses risk management as a core strategy to drive operational excellence and improve safety while conducting joint partnership training of nearly 3,000 service members each year in eight engineering military occupational specialties, two engineering courses advanced chef and senior chef courses and two functional courses at five locations,” she said.

Fort Leonard Wood’s explosives safety program excelled in the evaluations of two Army-level organizations in 2021, Col. Richard Ball, then MSCoE chief of staff, wrote in the letter. award nomination.

A team from the Office of Logistics Review and Technical Assistance at the Defense Ammunition Center, McAlester, Oklahoma, inspected 290 items across a wide range of explosives programs. Fort Leonard Wood’s explosive security portion scored an impressive 96%, out of 98 items, Ball wrote.

The other inspection was a first-of-its-kind “special interest investigation,” led by the Army’s senior explosives safety engineer. The team assessed Fort Leonard Wood’s ammunition and explosives, chemicals, and radiation programs and made no findings; only positive comments about Fort Leonard Wood’s explosives safety program, Ball wrote.

Throughout fiscal year 2021, Fort Leonard Wood maintained paramount standards for safety and risk mitigation, Ball wrote, with no documented explosive-related accidents on any of the ranges or in the many training areas.

“This accident-free status spans at least 10 years into the past,” Ball wrote. “This achievement demonstrates Fort Leonard Wood’s commitment to risk management and training.

The Army-level awards come in addition to the five individuals and teams here who were named U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Security Honorees in January.