The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center underwent a change in leadership on June 22 when Brig. Gen Timothy Edens assumed responsibilities as the director of Army safety and commander in Fort Rucker, Ala. Edens, who joined the Army in 1981, took over from Brig. Gen. William Wolf. Edens’ previous assignment was assistant division commander of support for the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea. He has also served as commander of the 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry, 11th Regiment (Attack), where in 2001 he led its V Corps unit through a Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow Unit fielding and training program in preparation to be the first Apache Longbow unit stationed in Europe. From July 2009 until May 2010, Edens was the chief of staff for the Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker.
The change in command comes as the USACR/Safety Center’s Ground Directorate issued a series of general reminders related to National Safety Month in June. According to Lt. Col. James Smith, director of the Ground Directorate, the Army saw a decline in fatal accidents from 2007-2010. “However, in fiscal 2011, we sadly lost 57 soldiers; 13 more lives lost than the year before,” said Smith. The Ground Directorate analyzes accident fatalities for the Army and used that information to identify trends and steps to prevent such losses from occurring again. The directorate also shares its findings with the Department of Defense, other government agencies and the civilian organizations.
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