Safety Emphasis Makes Difference

Air Force officials reported that, for the second consecutive year, there were no airman fatalities from personal motor vehicle mishaps between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. “There is no doubt that this success is due to airmen being not only smart and caring wingmen, but using good risk management,” said Maj. Gen. Gregory Feest, Air Force safety chief. The service’s holiday safety campaign this past year focused on seven areas: trip planning; real-time risk management; holiday decorating hazards; winter vehicle preparation; winter sports; alcohol awareness; and slips, trips, and falls. “Following a concerted leadership example from dedicated commanders across the globe, our airmen and family members continued to be vigilant of the dangers associated with travel, weather, and alcohol abuse,” said Roberto Guerrero, USAF’s deputy safety chief. Feest said the Air Force will continue with a robust safety campaign. (SAF/PA report by TSgt. Amaani Lyle)