By MSGT CLINTON HAMMONS, HQ AMC Occupational Safety
Sports Announcer 1 (John): “It looks like they are going to go for it! Can they do it Bill?”Sports Announcer 2 (Bill):
“I think they can, John.”Sports Announcer 1: “AMC goes left … now right … they shoot … Scoooore!”Sports Announcer 2: “That’s three in a row for team AMC, and the crowd is going wild after this amazing hat trick!”According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a “hat trick” is “a series of three victories, successes, or related accomplishments” and that is exactly what Air Mobility Command (AMC) has done. September 3, 2018, marked the end of AMC’s Critical Days of Summer (CDS) campaign, and AMC had ZERO fatal mishaps during the campaign for the third year in a row. This is only the fourth time in the command’s history to have accomplished our goal of zero fatal mishaps during the CDS—the previous were 2008, 2016, and 2017. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all of AMC’s Airmen for your relentless efforts to ensure the safety of each of our on- and off-duty Airmen.
The 2018 campaign began, as many before it have, with a kickoff video from former AMC Commander, Gen Carlton D. Everhart, and the AMC Command Chief, CMSgt Larry C. Williams, Jr. In the video, they spoke of the importance of eliminating avoidable accidents that result from poor decision-making. They also revealed this year’s CDS theme, “Sound Decisions,” and encouraged leaders to speak to their units and discuss real examples of both good and bad decision-making.
AMC conducted a CDS video contest that encouraged Airmen from around the command to get involved with safety and create a 60-second or less video highlighting the command’s Sound Decisions theme. The winning video came from the 628th Air Base Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. It was posted on the CDS SharePoint page where it could be used throughout the campaign to promote the theme and encourage Airmen to consider the consequences of their actions before making decisions.
Additionally, this year’s campaign included nine scenario-based guides intended for supervisor-led small group discussions. Each guide had a break just before members in the scenario made their decisions. This break allowed the supervisors and Airmen to discuss what they thought happened next and whether they would do anything differently. Then the scenario continued, revealing what actually happened and allowing further discussion on how the results could have been prevented. This challenged Airmen to consider whether they would have had the foresight and/or courage to make the correct decisions.
While AMC has had huge success over the last three years during the CDS campaigns, the Air Force as a whole has not been as fortunate. This year alone, the Air Force had 11 mishaps resulting in Airmen losing their lives.
So take a moment and enjoy AMC’s victory, but remember that just because our CDS campaign is complete, the battle against avoidable mishaps, unnecessary hazards, and risks is not over. Leaders, supervisors, and wingmen at all levels, from all areas, must continue to be vigilant and remain focused on sound decision-making and personal risk management. Despite the sports analogy at the beginning of this article, safety is not a game. It is life and death, and everyone needs to make “Sound Decisions.”