Safety Enlisted Professional of the Year: TSgt Lance Hughson
436th Airlift Wing, Dover Air Force Base, DE


TSgt Lance T. Hughson is the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Occupational Safety, 436th Airlift Wing, 436th Wing Safety, Dover Air Force Base, DE. In this position he developed policies and procedures for implementing and evaluating the installation safety program. He performed inspections, surveys, and program evaluations of areas and operations to identify mishap potentials and assess integration of risk management and safety equipment.

Hughson earned the prestigious Board-Certified Safety Professional credential and orchestrated the annual Motorcycle Safety Day with 250 riders and eight off-base vendors in attendance, resulting in zero Class A or B mishaps for 5 years running. He was hand-selected as the subject matter expert to lead the C-17 enterprise-level confined space nitrogen testing, ensuring that data was expeditiously delivered to Headquarters Air Force. Additionally, Hughson’s efforts were critical to the positive results of the Air Mobility Command’s Unit Effectiveness Inspection, resulting in zero Occupational Safety findings, with the highest inspection score in more than 10 years.

Hughson’s background includes various duties in the aircraft armament systems and occupational safety career fields. He served as an A-10C Weapons Load Crew Team Chief, Squadron Lead Crew Member, and in other maintenance and safety positions at the squadron and groups levels. He has deployed in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve and completed an overseas tour in the Republic of Korea.