ARLINGTON, Va. --
Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford presented the 2011 Marine Corps Safety Awards to this year's recipients during the Executive Force Preservation Board March 28 at the Sheraton Inn in Arlington.
Each year, the Marine Corps Warrior Preservation award, the Marine Corps Individual Superior Achievement in Safety awards and the Marine Corps Achievement in Safety awards are presented to one installation, three individuals and three commands that contributed the most to safeguarding the Corps Marines, sailors and civilians.
Safety is central to the idea of readiness and must not be an afterthought of our actions in combat, in training and while on liberty, said Gen. James A. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps. All leaders must guard against reckless behavior; both at the unit and individual level, because it jeopardizes the health, safety and combat readiness of our entire Corps.
The Warrior Preservation award, presented to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, is awarded to an installation that established the most comprehensive safety program.
The Individual Superior Achievement in Safety awards are awarded to one officer, one enlisted and one government civilian employee who made the most significant contribution to the Marine Corps Safety Program. This year's recipients were Capt. Phillip Wiktor, a pilot with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 based on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Staff Sgt. Arthur Lee,the former ground safety officer with Marine Aircraft Group 12 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, and Mr. Michael James with Marine Corps System Command C based on Marine Corps Base Quantico.
The Marine Corps Achievement in Safety awards, presented to Marine Corps commands that established the most outstanding safety program, were given to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., and Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Fla.
Its everyone working together as a team, Wiktor said. Youve got rock star (noncommissioned officers), rock star staff ncos and officers leading from the front, but really its about everybody working together.