SECAF, CSAF offer holiday safety message
By Michael Donley, Secretary of the Air Force,, and Gen. Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force
/ Published November 25, 2009
WASHINGTON -- Happy Holidays! Whether you are deployed, stationed overseas or living in the U.S., each of you should enjoy the season and celebrate in your own special way. However, we encourage you to celebrate responsibly. The Air Force needs you back at work, but more importantly, your friends and family need you in their lives.
As the Air Force observes the Year of the Air Force Family, wea sk you to consider how the results of your personal risk-related decisions and actions might affect your family and friends. What better gift can you give than to arrive home safely for the holidays?
The Air Force typically loses seven Airmen to personal motor vehicle mishaps during the months of November and December. Last fiscal year, we lost 47 Airmen to personal motor vehicle mishaps with 68 percent of those fatalities involving reckless behavior (not wearing a seatbelt, drinking and driving or speeding). Many of you will travel during the holidays.
Evaluate the hazards in your travel plans (fatigue, weather, pressing to get to your destination), then use sound risk management principles and discuss mitigation strategies with your commander or supervisor. Be responsible and remember the goal is ZERO preventable mishaps.
Enjoy the holidays and thank you for your service and your commitment to the Air Force!