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Knowledge Newsletter 11 Jun 14

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  • 1. Ask any Soldier that has been deployed about the inherent stresses caused by the theater of war and you will surely hear the near-miss and there-I-was stories. The multitude of things that can go wrong during any deployment cause a state of constant and heightened situational awareness. The problem with this is that over long periods of time it can lead to chronic fatigue of both mind and body. This fatigue, coupled with the dangers from the enemy and environment, can lead to disaster. How many times have you darted across a street where there was no crosswalk? Did you look both ways first? Do you know if drivers saw you? As a pedestrian, you can’t assume every driver knows your intentions.That’s a lesson I learned at a young age. What do more than 900 combat flight hours, four deployments, over 30 presidential protective details and 22 IEDs disabled have in common?The answer is none gave me the kind of angst as a decision I had to make in the summer of 1998. Sound strange? Read on. The KnowtheSigns 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’suptoyoutorecognizeandactonthem. Mentoring can help keep Soldiers safe. Find out what you can do to protect your Soldiers with the Motorcycle Mentorship Program. Make your Soldiers aware of the off-duty hazards they’ll face in the upcoming months with the Off-duty Safety Awareness Presentation.

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