News: Fort Carson unit earns first Division Safety Streamer since 2009
Story by Spc. Andrew Ingram
FORT CARSON, Colo. – Maj. Gen. Joseph Anderson, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, presented the Division Safety Streamer to soldiers of the 223rd Medical Detachment (Preventive Medicine), 10th Combat Support Hospital, during a ceremony at the unit's motor pool, Feb. 28.
The detachment earned the safety streamer by demonstrating outstanding safety standards and suffering no at-fault accidents or personal injuries, and no alcohol- or drug-related incidents, since Maj. Winico Martinez took command of the unit in 2010.
The commanding general thanked 223rd Medical Detachment troops for keeping themselves accountable and safe, setting an example for soldiers of Fort Carson.
The streamer is a physical representation of the soldiers’ outstanding adherence to Fort Carson’s safety policies, said Anderson.
“All of my soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers have done an outstanding job of supporting safety,” said Martinez. “It is an honor to receive the Division Safety Streamer, because it is a testament to people in my organization. It proves they care about their fellow soldiers. It proves they care about the mission, and it gives them a sense of pride.”
Each soldier in the 223rd Medical Detachment takes personal safety and the safety of their comrades seriously, because they understand each member of their team is an integral part of the unit, said Martinez.
“They know, in a small unit like ours, if one person gets into an accident, one of our preventative medicine teams becomes ineffective,” he said
Solid examples of leadership from the detachment’s NCOs simplified the task of enforcing safety standards, said Staff Sgt. Thomas Witt, non-commissioned officer-in-charge, 223rd Medical Detachment.
“We became a family,” Witt said. “My NCOs and I made sure that everyone knew what right looked like, and impressed upon them the importance of doing the right thing.”
The first Fort Carson unit since 2009 to receive the 4th Inf. Div. Safety Streamer, Witt said being recognized by the Fort Carson commanding general made the experience a greater honor for his soldiers.
“This award isn’t for me or the commander; this award is for the detachment,” said Witt. “I have a great group of guys, and this is for them. It’s to recognize all of the things they have done to keep themselves and each other safe and doing the right thing.”