Camp Lejeune presented Warrior Preservation Award

9 Sep 2011 | Cpl. Miranda Blackburn

In an awards ceremony held at Base Safety aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry, Marine Corps Installations East commanding general, presented the Warrior Preservation Award for fiscal year 2010 to the Base Safety Department, Sept. 8.

This award is presented each fiscal year to the Marine Corps installation that has established the most comprehensive safety program and consists of a representative trophy, a commemorative wall plaque and a certificate signed by the commandant of the Marine Corps.

"This is a special award because it is a Warrior Preservation Award," said Gorry. "That is really the role of a base supporting establishment. It's the role of the fifth wheel of the (Marine Air-Ground Task Force). This is a very positive award, it's fantastic."

For the past two years in a row, MCB Camp Lejeune has received the merit and runner up awards.

"This tells me that, one, we're continuing to improve but, two, that it's not a single individual - it's a team effort," said Gorry.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune has distinguished itself as a leader in promoting safety and health excellence through effective and efficient core and safety services, program management and command self assessment.

Despite a high operational tempo, the base excelled in all 10 core safety services, including tactical safety support to the operational forces of II Marine Expeditionary Force.

While improving in every aspect of the core safety services, MCB Camp Lejeune has also completed its second year as the beta test site for the Enterprise Safety Applications Management System with more than 2,400 deficiencies that were tracked, updated and ultimately abated using this system.

The base's aggressive position regarding on-base driving privileges and motor vehicle safety training resulted in a better than average speed compliance rate, a 99 percent seatbelt usage compliance rate and a 98 percent hands-free cell phone usage rate.

The proactive approach also resulted in low injury rates with a record low lost workdays and a significant decrease in the government motor vehicle mishap trend.

"If you look at how many lives we've saved because of the good work that you've done here, it's just incredible," said Col. Daniel Lecce, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune commanding officer, when he addressed base safety personnel.