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Ordnance Company Conducts Safety Stand Down

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CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq— Soldiers with the 60th Ordnance Company, 110th Combat Sustainment Battalion, 224th Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), stopped work for a day on Aug. 14, to train and focus on important safety standards at the ammunition supply point at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Iraq.

The 60th Ord.Co. is constantly dealing with moving forklifts and rough terrain container handlers. With as many moving parts their company has, it is typical for them to stop for a day every quarter to remind the soldiers of the importance of vehicle safety.

“Our goal is to emphasize three area: critical brake system failure, vehicle rollovers, and proper procedures for preventative maintenance checks and services (PMCS),” said 1st Lt. Christopher Weyant, executive officer with the 60th Ord. Co., and a Colorado Springs, Colo., native. “Within the past year, with the reduction in combat missions, it has been identified that combat-related deaths are decreasing. However, there is an increasing percentage of deaths that have come from vehicle accidents and non-battle related incidents.

Sgt. Ryan Rudd, a communications and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear noncommissioned officer with the 60th Ord. Co., and a Greenfield, Mass., native, had good things to say about the recurring training.

“They are good refreshers that everyone needs to hear often, because these are simple tasks that can be easily forgotten with time,” Rudd said. “It’s also good to hear about other soldiers’ experiences with these matters.”

After conducting classes on vehicle safety and PMCS, the unit’s mechanics took all the soldiers on a complete walkthrough of a vehicle PMCS.

“We gave them an opportunity to find all the faults on a vehicle and identify what deadlines a piece of equipment,” said Sgt. John Domanich, mechanic and safety noncommissioned officer-in-charge with 60th Ord. Co., and an Oxford, N.J., native, “The hands-on portion of the training really made a difference, and the soldiers learned quite a bit.”

The 60th Ord. Co.’s day dedicated to safety was a resounding success, and will be repeated again next quarter.

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