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  • Safety Center mishap investigator awarded Bronze Star Medal

    Lt. Col. William D. Neitzke, a mishap investigator assigned to the Aviation Safety Division, Air Force Safety Center, received the Bronze Star Medal during a ceremony held here Aug. 23.Maj. Gen. Greg Feest, Chief of Air Force Safety and commander of the center, presented the decoration to Neitzke

  • By the Numbers

    I remember it well. Our commander called us into the Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, auditorium late one evening to make an announcement. Back home, one of our comrades in arms had died in a tragic accident. JP had gone for a motorcycle ride with a friend, another Air Force officer and by all

  • Welsh 'humbled' to serve as Air Force chief of staff

    The Air Force chief of staff flag passed to the service's 20th chief in a ceremony here Aug. 10.Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, a 36-year Airman, stepped into the position, taking over for Gen. Norton Schwartz, who also retired from the Air Force during the ceremony."Mark is respected throughout the Air

  • Motorcycle safety gear saves NASIC Airman

    Senior Airman David Steele stood on stage in front of his fellow Airmen from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center here recounting his story during a recent commander's call. "According to the doctors, the crash would have killed me had I not been wearing my gear," he said. In June 2011,

  • Use situational awareness to avoid dune disaster

    Imagine 25,000 people gathered to go fast, pillage the sand and consume copious amounts of greasy vendor food and adult beverages. What could possibly go wrong? After four days of sun and fun at the Little Sahara sand dunes in central Utah, it occurred to me that no matter how well-protected you

  • Checklist mentality … it’s a good thing

    We often hear the safety officer discuss at staff meetings a mishap where checklists weren't used. Checklists are not only required in the flying and maintenance environment, but actually apply to most of our professional and personal activities. We're told during all phases of life what to do and

  • My job is prosecuting sexual assault

    Here's a simple truth...sexual offenders reject our core values of integrity, service and excellence, in favor of following their own base, undisciplined, criminal desires. Most sexual assaults committed by Airmen are "blue on blue," or Airmen victimizing other Airmen. So in addition to rejecting

  • Safety clarifies use of electronic devices for pedestrians on roadways

    If the game is to prevent mishaps and preserve combat capabilities, then Air Force safety Airmen are all in.The Air Force Safety Center released a letter of interpretation Jan. 18 prohibiting the use of listening and entertainment devices, including single ear pieces and external speakers, when on a

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