• Information Date
  • Presented To
    Marine Corps Air Facility, Quantico, VA
  • Speaker(s)
    Loren Sweatt

Remarks As Prepared For Delivery By
Loren Sweatt
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor
for Occupational Safety and Health

VPP Ceremony at Marine Corps Air Facility, Quantico, VA  
October 5, 2017

Thank you so much for inviting me to attend this VPP ceremony today. Thank you Colonel Murphy for recognizing me to speak with this august group of military and civilian leaders. 

I am personally and professionally honored to be here. My father is a retired naval officer. He joined the Navy and took his family to see the world. And, for six of the 15 years I was a congressional staffer, I worked for Chairman John Kline, who you might know as Colonel John Kline, one of your own, who flew Marine One. As I look around the audience today, I wonder how many of you will one day decide to continue your service to our country by running for Congress as he did.  

From your first day as a Marine, the Corps instills safety. It may not seem or feel like it, but the Corps does not allow you to do a push up or fire a weapon without providing guidance about how to do that safely for you and with those you serve. 

Marine Corps Air Facility, Quantico is joining an elite group of worksites striving to achieve occupational safety health excellence. OSHA is proud to be your partner in the VPP process and pledges continued support. 

I must credit the excellent work of several OSHA career staff who are here today. You have heard from Richard Mendelson, but I am also joined by Teresa Penn, your VPP team leader, Doug Kalinowski, and David Hamel with the agency. 

By achieving Voluntary Protection Programs Star Status, your continued commitment to your own safety and those working with you is a testament to a greater mission of protecting the President as he travels this great country.

Colonel Murphy, it is my high honor to present to you and Quantico Marine One Squadron the VPP Star Flag, symbolic of your efforts to achieve safety and health excellence. 

Again, thank you for allowing me to participate in this ceremony.