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ARMY ANNOUNCES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE US ARMY COMBAT READINESS CENTER

Fort Rucker, Ala. - The United States Army Safety Center has been recast as the United States Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC) here today by order of the Secretary of the Army, The Honorable Dr. Francis J. Harvey.

Dr. Harvey directed the change to advance the principles, understanding, and practice of Composite Risk Management. Combat Risk Management will focus on sustaining readiness and managing all risks - those posed by the enemy, the environment, materiel and systems, and human error - logically shifting from accident-centric to Soldier-centric.

The transformation of United States Army Safety Center to the United States Army Combat Readiness Center supports Army transformation and supports the Global War on Terrorism:

"The change is intended to move beyond the old concept of "safety," which had become viewed by many Soldiers as an occasional action rather than a constant foundation for all other activities. In some cases Soldiers do not grasp the outcome of being unsafe until "one of their own" is involved - recognizing, too late, the consequences of the accidental loss in making the unit less prepared, lowering its readiness, and potentially putting the unit mission at risk," said BG Joseph A. Smith, Commander, United States Army Combat Readiness Center.

The USACRC will function as a Field Operating Agency of the Chief of Staff, Army. "Safety" remains a foundational component of the new organization. The Army Safety Office, located in Washington, DC becomes the "front door" of Army Safety by focusing on the compliance aspects and to reinforce the use of Composite Risk Management as a tool to help prevent all loss.

The United States Army Combat Readiness Center will establish new processes leveraging information from Army organizations to collect, distill and distribute knowledge about losses that impact combat readiness. The United States Army Combat Readiness Center mission includes:

Primary responsibility for investigation of Army accidents.

Focal point for instigating the necessary cultural changes and developing the processes, structure, and training necessary to Composite Risk Management Army-wide.

Development of predictive trend analysis using digital technology and data mining in order to identify loss trends and preventive measures.

Transformation to the United States Army Combat Readiness Center will enhance the roles and functions of safety by providing the Army with a "close-the-loop system" of information about a loss, capturing the analytical expertise of all loss-related professionals - safety and combat - to provide commanders, across the Army, with actionable knowledge about any loss.

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For more information about the United States Army Combat Readiness Center contact Lt. Col. Darryl Bowman, 334-255-2590 or Jon Blake, 334-255-3770.

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