Keeping Soldiers Safe

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Safety is the number one concern this week for some top U.S. Army leaders.

Fort Rucker is playing host to the only safety symposium held for the U.S. Army.

The rate of Army soldiers killed while off-duty has fallen 27-percent.

Leaders credit that to the increased safety training for soldiers, especially those soldiers labeled "high-risk".

This week, Fort Rucker is bringing Army leaders from across the U.S. for the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Safety Symposium.

Its focus is on many topics including accident trends, human factors and best safety practices.

"You want people who will jump out of airplanes, who fly helicopters at night, who breakdown doors, who will confront an enemy that are only found in places in the dictionary or encyclopedia. We want soldiers like that, but we also want to understand what makes them tick so we can protect them 24 hours a day," says Brigadier General William Forrester, who is the director of Army Safety.

The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Safety Symposium is the only one of its kind to be held in the U.S. for the U.S. Army.

Fort Rucker is the home of this annual symposium because of the Safety Center Tenant located on the base.

"Every post is a little bit different. What I don't want is for us to go after the same solutions for our post. What we really want is to examine what the losses are in that particular post," says General Forrester.

Brigadier General William Forrester says the number one target for Fort Rucker is crew interaction.

He says it's primarily important for the soldiers on this base to have strong communication, especially in aviation training.

The two-day event wrapped up Wednesday afternoon.

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