WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — As the holidays approach, it’s a fitting time to reflect on the past year. With all of the budget cuts/uncertainties and the corresponding furloughs and recent force management announcements, 2013 was a year filled with many challenges. It was also a year filled with many successes. Through the extraordinary determination and dedication of each and every member of our AFMC team, we continued to provide world-class warfighter support, despite the challenges.
As your new Air Force Chief of Safety, my sole purpose is to preserve our most critical asset — you! We’re halfway through the Critical Days of Summer campaign, an important milestone since we’ve historically seen an upsurge in fatalities in the second half of the season. We can help turn this trend around by keeping a strong safety outlook — in the air, on the ground, all the time. We Airmen are aggressive by nature, and risk is inherent in our mission. But there’s a difference between being aggressive and being reckless.
As your new Air Force Chief of Safety, my sole purpose is to preserve our most critical asset — you! We’re halfway through the Critical Days of Summer campaign, an important milestone since we’ve historically seen an upsurge in fatalities in the second half of the season.
We can help turn this trend around by keeping a strong safety outlook — in the air, on the ground, all the time. We Airmen are aggressive by nature, and risk is inherent in our mission. But there’s a difference between being aggressive and being reckless.
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — I know everyone is anxious to hear news about the possible sequestration and potential for civilian furloughs. I know this affects more than just the mission; it has a personal impact on each and every one of you. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting to hear what’s going to happen regarding sequestration.
The Ogden Air Logistics Complex Workforce Council hosted an open forum for employees with Brig. Gen. Brent Baker Sr., OO-ALC commander, and a panel of directors and various leaders from the base on Sept. 12 in the Base Theater.
Jason Carrion, OO-ALC Workforce Council president, hosted the forum which gave attendees an opportunity to present questions at two sessions, one at 10 a.m. and another at 2 p.m.
The base's third annual "See Me, Save Me" motorcycle safety campaign is set to begin with a motorcycle ride on Wednesday, June 13. The campaign aims to encourage motor vehicle operators to be on the lookout for motorcycles on the road.
"Motorists aren't used to seeing motorcycles on the road during the winter months, but with warmer weather more and more motorcyclists are taking to the roads and people need to start looking specifically for motorcycles when driving," said Allan Woods from Hill's safety office.
The great state of Utah proudly boasts itself as having the "Greatest Snow on Earth." Those of us fortunate enough to live and work along the Wasatch Front are afforded magnificent views, as well as world-class winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding. While winter is a beautiful time of year, it is also the most perilous time of year for our employees. Walking on snow and ice is especially dangerous.
Last Thursday, Dec. 1, winds from the east gusted through Hill Air Force Base at exceedingly high speeds of up to 75 miles per hour.
The aftermath of this day-long windstorm caused some minor structural damages to facilities as well as uprooting and damaging many trees across the installation.
Household cooks across the country are making plans for holiday feasts that include family favorite dishes, from deep fried turkey to cornbread stuffing. When your friends and families get together, food safety is probably not the first thing you're thinking about, but to keep your gathering more memorable and less miserable, take a few steps to protect you and your guests from getting a food-borne illness.
Everyone needs to take extra care on Halloween, Oct. 31, when excited children in costumes are out in force. Motorists need to be extra careful during trick or treat hours, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., and parents should review safety rules with their children. The 75th Security Forces Squadron members will X-ray and examine candy for all Hill trick or treaters as part of its annual Pumpkin Patrol on Halloween night. Parents or guardians can bring their children's candy to the Youth Center, Building 883 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Fire Prevention Week was coming and around the nation, fire and safety services anxiously awaited the announcement of the national Fire Prevention Week Theme. Since the first National Fire Prevention Week in 1927, the National Fire Protection Association has announced a theme for public education. These themes are normally focused messages to the public, for instance, "Why this Mad Sacrifice to Fire" 1927, "Today every Fire Helps Hitler" 1943 and "Where There's Smoke, There Should Be a Smoke Alarm" 1977. This year's theme, "It's Fire Prevention Week!