60th Air Mobility Wing,
Travis Air Force Base, CA

By Staff Writer

MR. BILLY A. SEWELL, a Safety and Occupational Health Specialist for the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base (AFB), CA, has been awarded the Air Mobility Command (AMC) Safety Civilian Professional of the Year Award for his work in safeguarding AMC’s largest wing.

Sewell supported 56 units, 403 buildings, 442 riders, 16,000 personnel, and 58 aircraft, which enabled 27,000 flight hours and the transport of 75 million pounds of cargo.

He kept safety at the forefront of his tasks; he audited 37 mishaps, conducted 36 inspections, and consulted with 82 personnel. Sewell validated 34 risks and developed 70 mitigation plans, assuring mission readiness for 21 units.

Sewell guided a $477,000 multiyear wildlife hazard plan and synchronized with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Navy to secure Joint Chiefs of Staff alert missions and saved an $8.5 billion four-Model Design Series fleet.

Sewell built a first-of-its-kind mishap kit. He procured mobile data capability and a $35,000 modular storage for emergency vehicles, preparing the wing for mishap response. Sewell teamed up with the USDA and Maintenance Group to develop a forward-looking infrared mount for night operations, which provided flight safety for 2,600 missions.

Additionally, Sewell managed AMC’s largest motorcycle rider population and invested $18,000 in motorcycle safety training for 442 total force riders.

He fortified base safety by coordinating 1,200 training hours in five Occupational Safety and Health Administration courses, and that investment in Airmen netted zero on-duty Class A or B mishaps.

Sewell oversaw the wing’s air show safety, which achieved zero mishaps for Travis AFB Wings Over Solano. He guided a safety intern program and teamed up with the Air Force Personnel Center to onboard an occupational safety intern. He developed more than 800 hours of training.

Sewell also identified an elevator hazard and crafted a mitigation plan to prevent potential entrapment or death to installation personnel and visitors, alongside a host of other accomplishments and safety mitigations.