Story by Keith Hayes on 07/31/2019Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, California, continues to lead in industrial safety with the announcement that the base has been chosen as the winner of the 2019 annual Department of Defense Voluntary Protection Program's Safety Achievement Award for an installation.
Danielle Heinze, a former employee of MCLBB, whom currently is the VPP Region IX Special Government Employee of the Year, was also chosen as the winner of the VPP Individual Safety Achievement Award as an SGE.
The announcement July 22 from Laura Macaluso, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Safety and Occupational Health), marks a "clean sweep" for the two VPP Safety Star Program awards.
MCLB Barstow is no stranger to being recognized by OSHA's VPP office. Last year the base produced an award-winning Region IX Special Government Employee who also won the Individual Safety Achievement as an SGE, as they did this year.
Last year's SGE winner for Region IX was Ruby Adams with the base Safety Office.
"To win both the VPP Individual Safety Achievement Award and the VPP Safety Achievement Award as an installation is phenomenal," Adams said.
"Each region will now send a nominee to New Orleans August 27th to attend the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association Conference where the final choice will be made for VPP Special Government Employee of the Year," Adams explained. "Our nominee is Danielle Heinze."
The base achieved VPP Safety Star status in 2008 marking MCLBB as the first installation in the entire Marine Corps to achieve that lofty goal.
Since then MCLBB has been recertified twice, also a first for the Marine Corps.
SGEs from MCLB Barstow have also been at the forefront of mentoring other bases and civilian industries on how to achieve their own Star status.
Major General Edward D. Banta, Commander of Marine Corps Installations Command, sent a congratulatory note to Col. Craig C. Clemans, commanding officer, MCLBB; Ray Aguilar, director, Base Safety Office; and Danielle Heinze, who is currently working for Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, at Twentynine Palms, Calif.
"You are the pinnacle of Safety in DoD and befittingly represent the top 1/10 of 1 percent of all Industries across the world that are recognized by OSHA's VPP Star program," Banta stated. "Excellence in Safety is certainly the state of the art at MCB Barstow, continue to share with other Installations in the spirit of VPP."