Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI

By Staff Writer

THE 735th AIR MOBILITY SQUADRON (735 AMS), Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI, has earned the 2022 Air Mobility Command (AMC) Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category V.

The 735 AMS took ownership as the sole base hazardous communication instructor by providing safety data sheets for untracked hazardous chemicals. The squadron taught 12 supervisors risk management techniques and hazard reporting requirements, which instilled a safety culture for the wing’s largest AMS.

The team led with a safety mindset and crafted training plans for reservist safety professionals, which bolstered the host wing’s manpower.

Teamed with Passenger Services, 735 AMS created the first-ever Boeing 757 aircraft study, which identified ergonomic issues and cut lost workdays by 37 percent. They also partnered with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for the Safe + Sound Week campaign.

Clearing a 2-year backlog, the team assessed 62 work orders and restored compliance in alignment with the Americans with Disabilities Act while also preventing OSHA citations and additional injuries. As part of the Wing Inspection Team, they created the unit’s Job Safety Training Outline, Emergency Action Plan, and Motorcycle Representative training.

735 AMS abated a Risk Assessment Code 2 light hazard and secured a $40,000 renovation project. These abatement actions safeguarded 145 maintenance personnel and a $59 million hangar with zero injuries.

The team also cultivated the Motorcycle Unit Safety Tracking Tool master class and authored a “Fatal Four” campaign for 30 riders that resulted in a 42 percent decrease in noncompliant accounts. They led a fireworks investigation and created an off-duty safety focus training that slashed off-duty mishaps by 38 percent.

They led hurricane exercise safety through inspecting the Natural Disaster Operations Plan and enhanced survival capabilities for $280 million in resources. The team was also the safety lead for the Rim of the Pacific exercise. This enabled the movement of 187 missions and 25,000 passengers for 26 nations.