Local man keeps troops S.A.F.E. in Iraq


A Rockford man is making a big difference for our soldiers in Iraq. And he doesn’t even carry a weapon.

Leslie Wayne Sims, a Master Electrician employed by Stanley Consultants, is serving as a member of Task Force S.A.F.E. The 47-year-old’s daily job is the safety of service members and civilians in Iraq.

Task Force S.A.F.E. (Safety Actions for Fire and Electricity) was formed by a Congressional mandate in August  2008 to inspect, assess and correct any electrical, fire or safety issues at more than 94,000 Coalition facilities across Iraq.

Made up of highly-skilled electricians, fire protection experts and a variety of other civilian and military specialists, TF S.A.F.E. has completed inspection on more than 47,000 facilities in the past ten months. This has also led to a 50% reduction in electrical and fire incidents within the Coalition.

Sims, a graduate of Rockford High School and ITT Technical Institute, spends long days inspecting facilities and supervising repairs at facilities across Iraq, but says providing a safe living and working environment for our troops is worth the sacrifices he and his teammates make.

His wife, Connie and children Lena and Ian all live in Rockford. His parents, James and Vivian Sims reside in Grattan.

Sims has been working in Iraq since last October.

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