Fairchild Air Force Base, WA

By Staff Writer

THE 92d AIR REFUELING WING OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY SECTION, Fairchild Air Force Base, WA, earned the 2022 Air Mobility Command (AMC) Distinguished Motorcycle Safety Award.

With 4,600 Total Force Integration (TFI) members, this office—primarily responsible for the world’s largest tanker base—managed 317 riders and trained 14 motorcycle safety representatives (MSR), which expanded AMC’s top performing program.

The office accelerated change by initiating a free Basic Rider Course civilian/military agreement and aligned community support with motorcycle training to achieve $6,000 in annual savings.

New processes were integrated: 27 MSRs completed 5-year instruction requirements through mentorship ride training, and recertification with riders’ unit representatives was streamlined. The office also managed the wing’s motorcycle safety program to include training 12 MSRs and six coaches, and tracking 317 riders. They achieved zero Class A or B motorcycle mishaps.

They molded the TFI program and incorporated civilian/Air National Guard instructors with a joint driving range, which enabled on-site motorcycle training and eliminated a 150-mile drive for trainees.

The office optimized safety information distribution by utilizing the Air Force Safety Automated System to execute mass preseason briefings to comply with the Air Force Safety Center’s 100 percent contact campaign goal.

They guided squadron motorcycle program management and educated MSRs on the Motorcycle Unit Safety Tracking Tool application to meet training tracking standards across 37 units.

The office updated the Basic Rider Course 2 to pre-COVID standards, coordinated and assisted with 10 courses, and certified 50 backlogged personnel, reducing the number of members overdue for training by 36 percent.

As safety operations defenders, they keyed in proper Tires and Wheels, Controls, Lights and Electrical, Oil and Fluids, Chassis and Side stand procedures to rider coaches and student riders. A total of 50 motorcycles were inspected, and there were zero training mishaps.