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Safe, sound all year round

Posted 5/20/2013   Updated 5/20/2013 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Kristina Overton
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

5/20/2013 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea  -- Every Airman, no matter their specific duty on the base, is an essential and vital contributor to the overall mission. While encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities to get out and enjoy the peninsula during the summer months, the 51st Fighter Wing Safety Office also encourages members to do so safely. As a helpful reminder, the 101 Critical Days of Summer Campaign will kick off May 23 and through September 3, giving Airmen useful tips, statistics and information to assist them in staying fit to fight.

"More Airmen are injured or killed between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends than any other time of the year," said Staff Sgt. Lawrence Robinson, 51st FW ground safety technician. "During the summer in general, people tend to get injured a lot more than usual due to sports and other activities. The initiative is meant to bring awareness to everyone and make sure they are using operational risk management in their processes no matter what they are participating in. Whether going camping with their children, going to a beach or motorcycle riding, they need to make sure they are doing what they need to do to stay safe."

"Safe and Sound - All year round" is the theme for this year's Critical Days of Summer. The safety campaign will start with a fun run at the base gym, and a motorcycle safety day class and group ride at the McPherson Community Center, both at 1 p.m. on May 23. Weekly topics will also be advertised on American Forces Network and on the Commander's Access Channel.

Some of the other topics that will be covered during the 4-month period will be speeding, bicycle and motorcycle, outdoor activity, weather and barbeque safety.

"Anything you're doing, on or off duty, on or off base, you need to follow the rules, use your personal protective equipment and make smart decisions," said Staff Sgt. Shaun Bassett, 51st FW ground safety technician. "There are a lot of incidents that we see that could easily be avoided by taking the proper measures. During the summer, it's especially important to hydrate and remember when doing activities to stay within your skill level."

The wingman culture also plays a key role in mitigating safety risks. Being a good wingman includes doing a risk analysis for any given activity and ensuring that friends and co-workers are utilizing proper materials and equipment before participating in leisure activities.

"No matter what time of year it is, you need to have a plan," Bassett said. "I recommend for people get out there and enjoy themselves and see what Korea has to offer, but have a plan and know your limits. Use the wingman system and stay safe.

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