Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence Award: Emerging Safety Center of Excellence

Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence Award: Emerging Safety Center of Excellence


Established to recognize and congratulate those Navy and Marine Corps commands that have demonstrated exceptional and sustained safety excellence. The objective is to highlight activities that have excelled in improving warfighting and mission readiness through professional risk management in the elimination of preventable deaths, injuries, occupational illnesses, infrastructure and materiel losses, and mission degradation. The award emphasizes the unique importance of safety as a top DON priority.


Annually, must be submitted no later than 1 April


All Navy and Marine Corps activities that have not previously received a SECNAV Safety Excellence Award.


Commands, organizations, and teams selected for the SECNAV Safety Excellence Awards must have demonstrated critical initiatives and a cultural philosophy that fulfills their responsibility to maintain a mission-ready, capable Navy and Marine Corps.

Requirements for Submission

Nomination packages must clearly demonstrate exceptional safety leadership initiatives and the potential to significantly improve safety performance on a service-wide level

The format for Emerging Safety Center of Excellence Award submissions will depend upon what the activity is demonstrating.

Submissions will be no more than five pages in length, minus photographs, tables and figures.

Recognition for Recipients

Recipients of the SECNAV Safety Excellence Awards shall be announced in an ALNAV message and will be commended in a Washington DC-area ceremony hosted by SECNAV or his or her representative.

Recipients will be presented with a commemorative trophy, a “Memorandum For” signed by SECNAV identifying the recipient’s accomplishments, and SECNAV’s safety flag that recipients may fly for a period of 1 year from the date of presentation.

Individual awards are not presented at the SECNAV award level.