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2017 Air Force Chief of Safety and Safety Staff Awards announced

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Air Force Chief of Safety Maj. Gen. John T. Rauch Jr. recently announced the recipients of the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff, Chief of Safety and Safety Staff Awards for 2017.

"It's a
privilege to recognize Airmen and units for their safety achievements in 2017," Rauch said. "It’s a combination of leadership involvement and the commitment of these individuals and organizations that make the Air Force Safety Program one of the best at keeping Airmen safe, protecting resources, and preserving combat capability while accomplishing the mission."

Air Force Safety Award winners are:

Secretary of the Air Force Safety Award

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa

 

Major General Benjamin D. Foulois Memorial Award

Air Mobility Command

 

Koren Kolligian Jr., Trophy

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel P. Finnegan, Vermont ANG

 

Colonel Will L. Tubbs Memorial Award for Ground Safety

U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa

 

Air Force Chief of Safety Special Achievement Award

48 Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England (USAFE)

 

Safety Career Professional of the Year Award

Master Sgt. Victorio Gutierrez, 31 Fighter Wing, Aviano AB, Italy (USAFE)

 

Air Force Nuclear Surety Outstanding Achievement Award

341 Operational Support Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Montana (AFGSC)

 

Air Force Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Weapons Safety

Master Sgt. Charles B. Lester, 31 Fighter Wing, Aviano AB Italy (USAFE)

 

Air Force Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Ground Safety

Category I - 00-ALC Safety Office, Hill AFB, Utah (AFMC)

Category II - 502 Air Base Wing Safety Office, JB San Antonio, Texas (AETC)

Category III - 100 Air Refueling Wing Occupational Safety Office, RAF Mildenhall, England (USAFE) Category IV - 62 Air Wing Occupational Safety Office, JB Lewis-McChord, Washington (AMC)

Category V - Legacy Tanker Division, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma (AFMC)

 

Air Force Chief of Safety Aircrew of Distinction Award

The Crew of Hawk 91, 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas (AFGSC)

 

Air Force Chief of Safety Aviation Maintenance Safety Award

Staff Sgt. Thomas H. Tardif, 901 Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida (AFSOC)

 

Air Force Chief of Safety Cyber Safety Award

Vulnerability Management Team, 502 Communications Squadron, JBSA-Lackland, Texas (AETC)

 

Air Force Chief of Safety Space Safety Award

Ms. Laura W. Sargent, 45 Space Wing, Patrick AFB, Florida (AFSPC)

 

MAJCOM Safety Staff Aviation Award

Mr. George Chappel, AETC/SEF

 

MAJCOM Safety Staff Occupational Award

Mr. David Etrheim, AETC/SEG

 

MAJCOM Safety Staff Space Award

Ms. Jaqueline M. Kaiser, AFSPC/SEK

 

MAJCOM Safety Staff Weapons Award

Master Sgt. Mark Kenyon, PACAF/SEW

 

Aero Club Safety Certificates

Hanscom Aero Club (AFMC)

Robins Aero Club (AFMC)

Eglin Aero Club (AFMC)

Rocky Mountain Flight Training Center (AFSPC)

Dover Air Force Base Aero Club (AMC)

Yokota Air Base (PACAF)