Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

By Staff Writer

THE 62d AIRLIFT WING (62 AW), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, has received the 2022 Air Mobility Command (AMC) Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category IV.

The 62 AW Safety office led a benchmark Occupational Safety program with only one Class A mishap in 22 years, two Class B mishaps in 18 years, and zero on-duty Class A or B mishaps in over 30 years.

The Safety office provided a consistent leadership safety message and promoted “aggressive safety,” supporting 3,000 personnel and 40 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft valued at $8.6 billion.

The wing’s Occupational Safety efforts were highlighted by maximum attention and commander involvement that led to an outstanding 62 AW on-duty reportable mishap rate of only five.

The Occupational Safety team organized a robust Critical Days of Summer campaign, delivering crosstell and guidance to 3,000 personnel, which led to zero summer fatalities in 11 years.

Safety personnel directed 64 safety courses, trained 245 supervisors, and mentored 47 unit safety representatives and 35 motorcycle safety representatives, which was pivotal to the wing’s strong safety culture.

The Safety office coordinated with Public Affairs and published a bi-monthly newsletter covering top safety interest areas.

The 62 AW team members are recognized as safety gurus. The wing provided administrative support for the safety MilSuite site beyond the local level to safety professionals worldwide.

The team captured 166 hours in safety professional development and continuing education units and earned Occupational Safety and Health Administration industrial safety certifications; they applied those lessons to safeguard Team McChord personnel.

The 62 AW converted AMC safety program evaluation checklists into a database program, aced an AMC safety program evaluation with zero findings, and garnered the highest inspection rating.

Occupational Safety personnel evaluated 27 confined space entries and observed time compliance technical order modifications and entry preparation, which was vital to the wing’s 6,940 sorties and more than 27,523 flying hours.

The 62 AW also averted catastrophe by coordinating a lighting protection system hazard fix for roof antennas, preventing more than $9 million in losses and fatalities in a critical command and control facility.