YES, this is a Safety Message: Spread the word and save a life
By Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander
/ Published August 28, 2013
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- I know what you're thinking. Here comes another "Safety Message" from the
Yep. You are 100% correct.
It is just that, and I hope every single leader within "Team Patrick-Cape"
does the same thing in their own way before we get to this Labor Day
weekend, which "officially" signifies the end of the Critical Days of
But it is precisely during this weekend, when we let our hair down and our
guard down, that accidents happen.
According to the folks in our great Safety Office, this weekend is
statistically the highest accident weekend of the entire Critical Days of
During the Critical Days this year, the 45th Space Wing suffered one Class A
mishap from a motorcycle mishap that resulted in a permanent disability to
one of our Airmen.
There were also three injuries during this time period which resulted in 67
Throughout the Air Force in general, we lost a total of 17 Airmen to
unnecessary and hapless deaths over this same time period.
My guidance as we look forward to this long weekend is the same advice I
would give every day of the week.
Be vigilant both on- and off-duty to ensure you are performing as safely as
possible in everything you do. Measure the risk and take appropriate
actions. Think Safety before you Act Safely.
Listen, being "Safety Smart" isn't exactly rocket science (which we happen
to be very good at around here), it's mostly common sense. You've heard them
all before, but they are tried and true.
-Don't drink and drive. Check.
-Make a plan for your long weekend drive and stick to it. Check.
-Enforce a distraction-free zone for drivers; use your phone at rest stops.
-Wear your seat belt and ensure children are in properly installed safety
seats appropriate for their size. Check and Check.
Team, help us spread the word - "Safety never takes a holiday, and danger
never takes a vacation."
Don't learn safety by accident. Very often, the safest risk is the one you
Good Wingmen don't just stand by and try to "fix things" after-the-fact.
They intercede to intercept a potentially bad situation before it gets out
As I learned early in my Air Force career, as soon as we see a mistake and
don't fix it, it becomes our mistake, and we're doomed to repeat it.
Let's not make that mistake. Your timely intervention could save a life.
Stay focused Sharks. And STAY SAFE!