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101 Critical Days of Summer

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- What an interesting spring Colorado is having. Everyone should understand the saying for this area -- "if you don't like the weather here, wait five minutes." Regardless, it is warming up and thoughts are turning to everyone's favorite summer outdoor activities.

This year's 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign kicks off May 23 and concludes Sept 2.

During this time many will plan vacations that expose themselves, and their families, to increased risks on the roads, rivers, lakes and beaches. As a result, risks go up exponentially during this time of year.

Last year during this time, the Air Force lost 19 Airmen. During the same time, Buckley set an Air Force Space Command record for no reportable mishaps during the 101 Critical Days of Summer.

"Success depends on everyone," said Col. Wayne McGee, 460th Space Wing commander. "Without leadership commitment, it will not be successful. Every level of leadership needs to be involved. However, it is the junior leaders (who) will have the most influence on individual behavior."

While the 101 days are approaching, base leadership is very concerned about mishaps and injuries that have happened to Buckley AFB personnel so far this year.

"I am issuing a challenge to all leadership, supervisors and employees of the installation to repeat our 2007 record-breaking level of safety in 2008," the colonel said. 

"We all have a valuable part to play in keeping our Buckley family safe," Lt. Col. Nancy Staats, 460th SW chief of safety, said about the required focus. "It is everyone's responsibility to not endanger your life or the lives of others by making a poor decision. Take care of one another, anticipate and step in before your wingman needs help."

Take safety training and practices home everyday. Off-duty with family and friends requires the same focus as on-duty to ensure a safe and successful summer.

The safety staff continues to stand ready to speak or provide information to base organizations on safety. Additionally, they can assist in arranging guest speakers from outside agencies to help disseminate the message in often unique ways.

Please don't hesitate to call the safety staff at 720-847-6355 or 6370.

Thanks for making Buckley a great, safe place to live and work.
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