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    MA troops share info, procedures

    A first-of-its-kind mortuary affairs training event here has neared the halfway point of its busy agenda. The exercise, a joint field-training endeavor featuring mortuary affairs practitioners, got underway July 14 at Fort Lee’s northern training ranges and is scheduled to conclude July 25.

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    New EOD course set for October

    Explosive ordnance disposal Soldiers will be offered a new advanced professional development course starting in October. The two-week Advanced Team Leader Operations Course is a pilot that will replace the Global Anti-terrorism Operations Readiness Course.

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    Personnel, readiness rep tours Lee

    Jessica L. Wright, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, visited the Combined Arms Support Command on July 1 and spent the day learning about training initiatives and family programs while also speaking with military troops enrolled in classes here.

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    Fuel delivery troops test ‘smart meter’

    In addition to testing and distributing fuel in support of Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise 2014, the 439th QM Company paired up with CASCOM and Penn State Applied Research Lab during their annual training at Fort A.P. Hill, June 3-16, to test state-of-the-art technology.

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    Texting no substitute for face-time

    Soldiers are over-reliant on technology, and it results in disengagement at the human level, Capt. Heather Schmitt told Gen. Ray Odierno at a Fort Leavenworth, Kans., brainstorming session called Solarium 2014 July 9-11. Participants included 105 captains from across the Army.

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Safety Sends

We know Soldiers will take advantage of the weather for swimming, boating and hiking, but neither they nor we can take their safety for granted. Just because they do the same things year after year doesn’t mean they won’t make a mistake this time around. The fact is these activities are inherently hazardous, and when a Soldier has made a bad decision before, lived to tell about it, and cultural pressure has not caused him or her to question that decision, we’ve left their fortune up to luck. When that luck runs out, it’s often tragic — and many tragedies result from accidents that don’t end in a fatality. Just over the Fourth of July weekend, two Soldiers suffered likely permanent total disabilities from fireworks explosions. Yes, these Soldiers should have known better than to take the risks they did, but again, we can’t just assume that because they know better, they’ll do better. That’s why positive culture through engaged leadership works. It puts “should” into action, helping ensure our men and women take personal responsibility for their safety and make risk-informed decisions all the time, whatever their activity.

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