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  • It's the size of the (traction) patch that matters

    On a clear, sunny morning ride to work, I witnessed a motorcycle accident that made me re-think my riding skills and the limited traction patch that keeps me upright on my motorcycle.As I left my neighborhood, my neighbor was on his motorcycle directly in front of me. We were both traveling between 7 and 10 mph. He started a right turn out of our
  • Air Force Safety Center farewells Wingman magazine

    The summer issue of Wingman magazine, currently available at  www.wingmanmagazine.af.mil, is the final issue of the Air Force's quarterly journal of aviation, ground, space and weapons safety, according to Safety Center officials. The safety stories that would otherwise go in the magazine will now be available on the Safety Center's website
  • Rolling Thunder 2012 honors warriors, highlights motorcycle safety

    To commemorate the lives of those Missing in Action and the protection of Prisoners of War, service members, veterans and civilians gathered here Memorial Day weekend to take part in the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride from the Pentagon to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.Approximately 900,000 participants and spectators converged at the
  • It's hot! Do you know the signs of heat illness?

    It's a hot, humid Saturday afternoon. You've been soaking up the sun at the beach all day and playing soccer with your friends. You suddenly start to feel nauseous and weak. Your vision begins to tunnel. The next thing you know you wake up on a gurney in the emergency room. The doctor says you've been diagnosed with heat exhaustion. How did this
  • Student for hire Palace 'Acquired'

    I was an occupational health and safety major at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind., and the 2009 Spring Career Fair was fast approaching. The U.S. Air Force was among the list of possibilities that most interested me. I polished my resume, put on my business game face and went forward the day of the career fair. I stopped by everyone's
  • Safety officials urge Airmen to celebrate Independence Day safely

    While Fourth of July celebrations and special outings to enjoy the holiday are traditional early summer pastimes, experts at the Air Force Safety Center here caution all Airmen to practice basic safety precautions."Everyone is anxious to enjoy summertime activities and participating in Fourth of July fun is a great tradition," said Bill Walkowiak,
  • CSAF honors flight training instructor with Kolligian Trophy

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presented Capt. Frank Baumann, an instructor pilot from the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, one of the Air Force's most prestigious flight safety awards during a Pentagon ceremony here June 27. Baumann was named the 2011 recipient of the Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy for his
  • Ride like you're invisible

    Lt. Col. Clinton Burpo was in trouble.Just moments earlier he had been midway through his commute to work, riding his bicycle along the same route he did every morning.Without warning, something slammed into him from the side, knocking him off his bike and onto the pavement. He suddenly found himself lying face down in the street, staring up at
  • Air Force Safety Automated System vital to tracking, preventing mishaps

    The Air Force Safety Center continues to develop and deploy enhancements to the Air Force Safety Automated System to provide accurate mishap information and timely risk mitigation data to all levels of command. AFSAS is a Web-enabled mishap reporting and analysis system that's accessible 24/7 worldwide with a Controlled Access Card and Internet.
  • More than inspectors

    An island paradise with 84 square miles of white sandy beaches, aquamarine Atlantic waters and mild temperatures year-round might make it difficult for anyone to leave for a six month deployment to Afghanistan.But Master Sgt. Stephen Charles, a 451st Air Expeditionary Wing ground safety manager deployed from the 285th Civil Engineering Squadron in
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