By COL BRANDON HILEMAN
It has certainly been my honor and privilege to serve with such a phenomenal safety team the past few years. Fortified by outstanding leadership support and advocacy as well as the incredible efforts of safety professionals across the enterprise, the command has achieved a fantastic safety record and received numerous accolades in recognition of its accomplishments. AMC earned the Major General Benjamin D. Foulois Award for best flight safety program three out of the past four years and garnered the Secretary of the Air Force Safety Award for the best program in the Air Force an unprecedented three years in a row! These awards pale in comparison to the amazing mission mobility Airmen safely accomplish every day across the globe. Our business, however, requires steadfast focus on managing risk effectively and making sound decisions every single time.
Relatively low mishap rates have enabled the command to continue focusing on proactive versus reactive safety to mitigate hazards and manage risk as it delivers Rapid Global Mobility. Proactive safety programs like Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA) have expanded beyond the traditional aircraft focus as AMC conducted observations and analyzed aggregate performance data for Aerial Port, Aeromedical Evacuation, and C-17 Maintenance operations. Application of these proven aviation LOSA processes shows tremendous promise in reducing risk and improving safety in other functional areas across our enterprise. The command also leads the Air Force in Airmen/Aviation Safety Action Program submissions, Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance analysis, and Aviation Operational Risk Management. These efforts have yielded historic results with a nearly 60 percent reduction in serious flight mishaps (damage costs over $500,000) from the previous decade. As I transition, I look forward to watching the command continue to successfully and safely accomplish the mission.
So long and stay safe!