Dover Airmen support Air Force operational safety

Lt. Col. David Linton, 436th Aerial Port Squadron commander, briefs his Airmen during an operational safety review day May 18, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Commander-led forums were conducted to gather feedback from Airmen who execute the Air Force's flying operations and challenge Airmen to identify issues that may cause a future mishap. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Lt. Col. David Linton, 436th Aerial Port Squadron commander, briefs his Airmen during an operational safety review day May 18, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Commander-led forums were conducted to gather feedback from Airmen who execute the Air Force's flying operations and challenge Airmen to identify issues that may cause a future mishap. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Senior Airman Atticus Hammonds (right), 436th Aerial Port Squadron traffic management specialist, participates in one of several break-out sessions during an operational safety review day May 18, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During these sessions, Airmen discussed gaps and seams in current practices that may lead to future mishaps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Senior Airman Atticus Hammonds (right), 436th Aerial Port Squadron traffic management specialist, participates in one of several break-out sessions during an operational safety review day May 18, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During these sessions, Airmen discussed gaps and seams in current practices that may lead to future mishaps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Brian Minnick, Envoy Airlines safety director, answers a question May 18, 2018, during an operational safety review day panel discussion at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Together Airmen and the panel discussed ways to identify and stop potential mishaps before they occur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

Brian Minnick, Envoy Airlines safety director, answers a question May 18, 2018, during an operational safety review day panel discussion at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Together Airmen and the panel discussed ways to identify and stop potential mishaps before they occur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

From left, Brian Minnick, Envoy Airlines safety director, Tim Lomakin, Dumount Charter Air director of operations, and Kerry Hitt, TransAm Racing Series car owner and driver, participate in a panel discussion May 18, 2018, during an operational safety review day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Team Dover invited these civilian sector safety experts to get a corporate perspective on safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

From left, Brian Minnick, Envoy Airlines safety director, Tim Lomakin, Dumount Charter Air director of operations, and Kerry Hitt, TransAm Racing Series car owner and driver, participate in a panel discussion May 18, 2018, during an operational safety review day at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Team Dover invited these civilian sector safety experts to get a corporate perspective on safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Team Dover held an Air Force directed operational safety review day to help identify hazards that may lead to future mishaps May 18, 2018.

“Safety days provide an opportunity to develop and/or expand an organization and individual’s collaborative mindset on the broader concept of safety culture,” said Tech. Sgt. Randie Page, 436th Aerial Port Squadron unit safety representative.

After the Air Force experienced several serious and fatal mishaps within the last few months, Air Force leaders determined an operational safety review was appropriate to enable wings to assess and discuss flying and maintenance operations and address potential risk factors that could lead to future mishaps. An operational safety review day gives leaders the opportunity to have focused discussions and engagement with their Airmen to ensure the mission is conducted safely.

To meet the Air Force directive, members of the 436th Airlift Wing Safety office led multiple breakout sessions within each maintenance and operations squadron, held an all call and hosted a panel discussion.

“Excellent discussions, tangible feedback and third party observations provided more than enough material to answer [Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein’s] request to identify ‘gaps and seams’ in our operations,” said Master Sgt. David Grant, 436th Airlift Wing Safety superintendent.

According to Air Force guidance, the Air Force has a robust safety program, and over the past ten years, Class A aviation mishaps have trended downward. However, identifying and stopping potential mishaps before they occur requires teamwork from Airmen across the service. An operational safety review day gives leaders the opportunity to have focused discussions and engagement with their Airmen to ensure the mission is conducted safely.

Grant said the event was successful at gathering wing leadership to support Airmen. Through the day’s events and meaningful conversations, the Airmen of Team Dover found a way to encourage improved risk management and safer practices in support of airlift operations.

“We cannot afford to lose a single Airman or weapons system due to a mishap that could have been prevented,” Goldfein said. “Our men and women have volunteered to give their last full measure for America's security. My intent is to have commanders lead focused forums with their Airmen to help identify gaps and seams that exist or are developing, which could lead to future mishaps or unsafe conditions.”