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NEWS | Jan. 26, 2012

AMC Safety down day

By Master Sgt. Kimberly Spinner 18th Air Force Public Affairs

On Jan. 27, Air Mobility Command will help usher in the new year by taking the day to focus on safety. According to the AMC leadership, the purpose of the day is to raise awareness and focus attention on safe and effective mobility operations.

"This is an opportune time as we come off the holiday 'slow' period to refocus our attention and reinvigorate a safety mindset," said Gen. Raymond E. Johns Jr., AMC commander, in a letter to the command's leaders.

To allow for maximum participation and to the maximum extent possible, General Johns directed that AMC operations and training be limited on safety focus day. This will afford Airmen time to focus on mishap trends and the need to constantly maintain our safety focus in day-to-day air mobility operations.

Specifically, Airmen will attend briefings and discuss issues in their units. Focus Day activities will highlight safety practices and procedures, sound operational risk management, and ways to enhance safety and reduce risk on and off-duty.

"Our Airmen are the last line of defense when it comes to preventing mishaps, and breaking the mishap chain is every Airman's responsibility," said Lt. Gen. Mark Ramsay, 18th Air Force commander, in his own letter to AMC leaders.

AMC officials expect that the Focus Day will help promote positive trends in terms of complacency, attention to detail and adherence to standards. In addition, they hope it will also highlight key issues requiring the command's attention to continue safe and effective mission accomplishment.