AMC Director of Safety Special Achievement Award: 60th Air Mobility Wing Safety Office

By Staff Writer

60th Air Mobility Wing Safety Office

Travis Air Force Base, CA

The 60th Air Mobility Wing Safety Office, Travis Air Force Base, CA, led by Col Corey A. Simmons, earned the 2021 Air Mobility Command (AMC) Director of Safety Special Achievement Award.

The team’s safety program safeguarded AMC’s largest wing, supporting 57 units, 278 buildings, 445 riders, 16,000 personnel, 58 aircraft, 27,700 flight hours, and a $12 billion base.

They earned the highest Unit Effectiveness Inspection rating when their performance, compliance, and readiness were evaluated.

The team was selected for the first-ever C-17 Line Operations Safety Audit Safety Investigation Board. They bolstered the Airman Safety Action Program for 30,000 maintenance members and developed 27 recommendations for the Mobility Air Force (MAF) fleet, which the AMC combat capability program adopted.

They directed a $363,000 Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard Plan rewrite and synchronized it with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Navy, and 16 squadrons, ensuring Joint Chiefs of Staff alert missions and safeguarding four Mission Design Series fleets worth $8.5 billion.

They oversaw AMC’s first drone safety program and codified the process, management, and oversight for the $100,000 program, setting the MAF small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle integration standard.

They conducted 39 Motorcycle Safety Representative Hazard Identification Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures and developed a brief for 445 bikers, increasing Travis Air Force Base’s compliance by 33 percent.

The team captured 328 hours of professional development and mastered 100 percent Continuing Education Units. As a result, safety readiness surged by 95 percent and saved $369,000.

They steered “Focus Month,” crafting a 16-point plan, leading 323 trainings for 4,300 Airmen and mitigating 238 risks.

The team oversaw Aviation Operational Risk Management, enabled Rapid Global Mobility, and delivered 3,484 passengers in support of Operation Allies Refuge.

The team pioneered a new Supervisor Safety Training lab, certified three instructors, and mentored 11 peer wings; the program was adopted by the Air Force Safety Center. They validated $85 million in contracts and enabled eight Central Command priorities with a 40-percent risk reduction.

The team led three Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections, benchmarked the first COVID-19 National Emphasis Program, and hosted three OSHA Training Institute courses.