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Ground Safety: award of the quarter.

TSgt Bryant has proven, sustained superior performance as a Ground Safety Professional in 12 AF/SEG. He served as 12 AF Chief of Ground Safety in the absence of the Chief of Ground Safety for 2 months. While maintaining day-to-day requirements, he willingly took on the additional workload. Sgt Bryant's efforts were an integral part in the success of the 12 AF decreasing PMV-4 mishaps by 15 percent, PMV-2 mishaps 50 percent, and property damage 71 percent. Sgt Bryant organized and taught a 10-hour Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) General Industry certification course for 30 Air Force military and civilian personnel assigned at Davis-Monthan AFB. This increased safety awareness emphasized the importance of safety in industrial operations and saved the Air Force $12,000 in tuition costs. He is one of only three instructors that OSHA has certified to teach these courses in Southern Arizona. He was the first in the Air Force to provide management oversight of outsourced/contracted safety programs for USSOUTHAF. He reviewed the Statement of Work (SOW) and made critical recommendations to ensure it satisfied Air Force Instructions/Occupational and Health Standards. He ensures the contract companies are in compliance with contractual obligations through in-depth Staff Assistance Visits (SAVs) to all forward operating locations every 6 months. He provides Unit Safety Representative training to all DoD members deployed to Soto Cano, Honduras, and has been complimented by numerous Army personnel on the level of safety training they have received. When previous fatality briefings were conducted telephonically, Sgt Bryant initiated a Video Teleconference between a unit experiencing a fatality mishap and the 12 AF Commander in support of ACC-directed fatality briefings. The process now provides unit commanders valuable experience prior to briefing the ACC/CV. He developed a 12 AF trend analysis and provided timely information to units highlighting positive and negative trends. Analysis includes trends found during SAVs and ACC PME inspections. This valuable information provides senior leadership and Ground Safety staff data on where to focus their mishap prevention efforts. Sgt Bryant championed an initiative that established a mandatory briefing for spouses and military members with the purpose of reducing mishaps. This fresh approach takes the mishap reduction fight to the home front. Spouses and all active duty members acknowledge receipt of a briefing and the form is maintained in the member's official military record. The briefing outlines the member's safety responsibilities and commander's line of duty tool. The key high points are the member's responsibilities to adhere to motorcycle safety requirements, drinking and driving initiatives, and he highly encourages members to implement the ORM process in all activities to include high risk activity. The initiatives have support at the highest levels and will be tabled for discussion at the next PMV Mishap Reduction Task Force meeting. Sgt Bryant's dedication and accomplishments ensure 12 AF and its respective units maintain the highest level of operational capability through proactive risk management. Sgt Bryant is a true Air Force safety professional.


TSgt Benjamin Bryant, 12th Air Force, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
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Author:Bryant, Benjamin
Publication:Combat Edge
Date:Jan 1, 2005
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