26 Feb 2014 Knowledge NewsletterDocument Transcript
Early in my career, I was told by a sage instructor pilot to be careful when I go on an
extended training cycle, operation or deployment. “Be careful, because you are going
to get good,” he said. “Being good is one thing, but you have to be careful because
it can breed overconfidence and complacency.” I never gave much thought that
overconfidence could be a bad thing. This aspect was pointed out in an after-action
review one rainy night in Mosul.
Going on leave, pass or TDY?
Don’t forget to first complete
your Travel Risk Planning System
The Ground Risk Assessment Tool
is an interactive, automated online
system developed to augment
risk management planning and
decision-making for ground
I was eager to participate in a track meet the forward
operating base was hosting. However, the meet was
that day, and I wasn’t in my best shape because of my
unit’s operating tempo. Still, I felt I’d be OK because
I was a good runner in high school. I was wrong.
On the home front, a Soldier’s “battle buddy” is
often his or her family. Engaged families can make
a huge difference in the safety of our
off-duty Soldiers. The Family Engagement Kit
provides the tools on how to become an effective
battle buddy, including facts, videos, real-life
stories, resources and tips.
As the company safety officer, I was sometimes asked if
vehicle inspections were completed. Usually, my response
was, “Yes and no.” On paper, you could clearly see the
inspections were done; however, I knew many had been
pencil whipped by a buddy.
The Know the Signs campaign is
designed to heighten awareness of risk factors
and provide leaders and Soldiers the tools they need
to address safety issues in their unit or peer group. The
signs are all around. It’s up to you to recognize and
act on them.