In an effort to tackle the Department of Defense’s required safety training in a more exciting way than sitting a classroom all day, the 407th Army Field Support Brigade hosted its third annual 18 Holes of Safety event June 1 at the Courses of Clear Creek.
Before the group of golfers departed down the course, the commander of the 407th AFSB, Col. Danny Tilzey, talked to them about the opportunity they had in front of them.
“We’re here today to have some fun, but it’s also about safety,” Tilzey said. “We’re fortunate at the moment that we haven’t had any serious incidents with either the DA (Department of the Army) civilians or the military folk.”
He added that they should be grateful to be in an organization where you can come out and play golf on a great day like it was.
Alan Rogers, the safety officer for the 407th AFSB, said he first created the event as a way to make the training fun.
“We have training requirements, and it’s so much more efficient when I tie (golf) into a safety day,” Rogers said.
Rogers said the beauty of the golf tournament is that the participants get something fun out of it and, by the end of the day, he’ll have nearly all of his people trained for the safety requirement with the DoD.
The golfers were split up into teams, with each team given a packet containing a safety-related paragraph to be read after each hole. Wii Golf was also available as an indoor alternative.
At the end of the day, the top team score was awarded the “Winner’s Cup.” The score was comprised of three factors: the completion of the online safety training before the tournament, the test results of the safety facts they were quizzed on, and the golf scores.
In addition to the Winners Cup, prizes ranging from gift certificates for buffalo wings, to $300 toward Gym X memberships were raffled off at the end of the day.
Rogers said that as long as the leaders are thinking about safety, you can make it entertaining for them along the way.
“You’d be surprised that GS-13s and -14s, with all of the money that they make as retired colonels or retired first sergeant majors, when they win a $25 gift card, they think that’s the greatest thing,” Rogers said. “The $25 gift card is the last of my issues. The biggest thing is to make sure they do the training, and then everybody is happy.”