Flight Safety NCO of the Year: MSgt Bradley J. Warnock
43d Air Mobility Operations Group, Pope Army Airfield, NC

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MSgt Bradley J. Warnock is the Flight Safety Noncommissioned Officer for the 43d Air Mobility Operations Group (AMOG), Pope Army Airfield, NC. He is responsible for implementing and managing the AMOG’s flight safety program in support of six Wideband Global Satellite Communication Systems and four major commands.

In addition, his efforts ensure that Pope Army Airfield is “Ready Now” when called upon to support the 82d Airborne Division, the U.S. Army’s premier rapid deployment force, in support of short-notice presidential taskings, worldwide humanitarian relief efforts, and taskings to secure vital national objectives for follow-on interests. Warnock’s work integrating mishap prevention techniques into mission planning cells, which eliminated and prevented injury or damage to aircraft, equipment, and personnel, is invaluable. His background includes 17 years of C-130 flightline, back shop, and isochronal inspection propulsion maintenance.

During 2019, Warnock’s proactive approach to aviation safety went beyond normal flightline operations. He provided critical safety input during the planning and implementation phases of the C-130J Combat Cargo Offload Bravo training operations. This contribution allowed Pope Army Airfield to be one of only two certified airfields able to provide this critical pre-deployment training for aircrew. Warnock also bolstered Pope’s Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard prevention program. With assistance from his U.S. Department of Agriculture’s mission partner, he executed a barn swallow exclusion project. By utilizing freezer flaps, he was able to enclose five airfield culverts, eliminating the nesting grounds and preventing the annual migration of barn swallows onto the airfield.

Finally, Warnock’s input was vital in developing a ramp-side paratrooper rigging operations plan. By synchronizing the efforts of the 82d Airborne Division and the 43d Air Mobility Squadron, a comprehensive plan was built that reduced paratrooper load times, thereby eliminating paratrooper fatigue. This strategy was accomplished by decreasing the distances paratroopers were required to carry their gear, which led to fewer injuries and allowed them to load the aircraft in one-half the usual time.