SAN DIEGO -
Sailors assigned to the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) set time aside to stop work and talk about the upcoming holiday season and different ways to stay safe over the holidays during a safety standdown held at Naval Base San Diego, Dec. 9.
The annual event featured a series of speakers discussing some of the most common threats to Sailor safety that arise during the holiday season.
Capt. Malcolm Potts, Commander of Amphibious Squadron One, kicked off the event with a few introductory remarks to the crew. He stressed the importance of safety during the holiday season and the significant impact every Sailor has in the command.
A representative of the California Highway Patrol also spoke about the dangers of driving under the influence, making a point to emphasize the career consequences a drunk-driving arrest can have on Sailors seeking promotion or re-enlistment, in addition to the severe legal ramifications.
Lt. Matthew Klock, the first lieutenant on board Pearl Harbor, said employment of the Navy’s Operational Risk Management (ORM) system can help to ensure Sailor safety on the road.
“Although it might be cheesy, ORM really does work,” said Klock. “On and off the clock, it is applicable to every situation in our daily lives and decision making.”
Lt. Jamil Khan, command chaplain on board Pearl Harbor, addressed suicide prevention, noting that a cyclical uptick in suicides appears around the holidays.
According to Khan, suicide continues to claim more service members each year than combat operations. He also reiterated the importance of the Navy’s Ask, Care, and Treat suicide prevention program.
Lt. Hilary Chace, medical officer for Pearl Harbor, also spoke at the standdown. She warned about the dangers of overeating during holiday celebration as well as other health concerns over the holidays.
Chief Logistics Specialist Allan Flores, the fire safety inspector on board Pearl Harbor, also instructed Sailors on safe practices for preparation of their holiday meals.
Pearl Harbor is currently going through an Extended Dock Phasing Maintenance Availability (EDPMA) in San Diego.
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