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No breaks on safety during holiday season

Posted 11/14/2013   Updated 11/14/2013 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Cody Hobart
100th Air Refueling Wing Safety

11/14/2013 - RAF MILDENHALL, England  -- The 100th Air Refueling Wing Safety office kicks off its annual Winter Safety Campaign Nov. 22, 2013, to call attention to reducing on- and off-duty mishaps.

This year's six-week Winter Safety Campaign is one part of the Air Force Safety Center's "Safe 'n' Sound All Year Round" focus.

Team Mildenhall added an extra emphasis of traffic safety to the campaign. With shorter days and more adverse weather in our future, ensuring vehicle operator safety is paramount to the success of our mission. Our Winter Safety Campaign will focus on the following topics:

Nov. 22 to 28: "Long and Winding Roads" brief on how to prepare for winter driving
Nov. 29 to Dec. 5: "Christmas Lights" brief on the prevention of incidents with holiday decorations
Dec. 6 to 12: "Super-Skier's Last Race" brief on the prevention of sports-related injuries during winter
Dec. 13 to 19: "I Just Want to Celebrate" brief on surviving the holiday season
Dec. 20 to 26: "Ice Ice Baby" brief on how to navigate icy roads
Dec. 27, 2013, to Jan. 2, 2014: "Cold-weather Blues" brief on vehicle winter emergency and preparedness

RAF Mildenhall will begin its Winter Safety Campaign with a U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Safety Day, which allows commanders and supervisors time to engage with Airmen and promote responsible behavior, identify and address driving hazards, and encourage Airmen to identify and communicate latent dangers at work and at home.

"As we take the time to prevent holiday-related mishaps, it's important to recognize that mishaps occur at unpredictable times, under unforeseen circumstances," said Capt. Thomas Dolan, 100th ARW acting chief of safety from Highland, Ind.

"If events began to spin out of control, stop what you're doing, properly assess the situation and take the time to make the next right decision. The chain of events that lead to a mishap can be broken by the next right decision that you make," Dolan said.

For more information on any safety-related issues or concerns, call the safety office at DSN 238-2255 or commercial at 01638-542255.

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