News: Dirty Jobs – Safety NCO
Story by Pfc. Gun Woo Song
CAMP CASEY, South Korea – Summer is coming and people are ready to have fun in the sun. However, it is vital that they stay alert and keep their eyes open for unexpected dangers that may come along, and have someone as an anchor to warn them and keep them safe.
Staff Sgt. Wayne Moore, a signal support systems specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 210th Field Artillery Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, works to be that anchor as the battery’s safety noncommissioned officer.
Moore has been working as the safety noncommissioned officer since January and he shows his passion for the job by helping his unit stay safe.
“I actually volunteered to do it,” said Moore, a native of Chicago. “It was something I wanted to do and safety is very important. I think it is very important to educate my Soldiers as well as the rest of the battery as far as keeping an eye open for safety risks.”
He conducts classes for the battery and is currently planning to increase the number of classes to prepare for the summer season.
“Right now we are conducting safety classes within a few elements, getting prepared for the monsoon season, the flood condition, and heat injuries as well,” said Moore. “We are going to start picking up at least once every two weeks to prepare for summer.”
Maj. Grant Brayley, the information operations officer assigned to HHB, and safety officer for the brigade, mentioned the importance of these classes as well.
“It prepares us for all different things that go on during the summer season,” said Brayley, a native of Toronto, Ohio. “It reminds them of things that go on and just refreshes them and gets their mindset for summer.”
According to Moore, keeping an open mind for safety and being alert is crucial since potential threats are always out there, whether it’s conducting sergeant’s time training or physical readiness training.
When it comes to the well being of a Soldier, it is more than just one person being ill or in danger, but a critical situation for the whole unit.
“It’s always a hazard with anything you do, so you have to keep safety in mind. It is everyone’s safety and it is very important to the unit,” said Moore. “Just be alert, alive, and turn off the blinders and have an overall watch out for potential hazards.”