Ground safety: award of distinction.
1Lt Nelson and TSgt McClain teamed up to produce and present
several safety briefings, including the Quarterly Fly Safe briefing. Lt
Nelson also played an integral role in the implementation of a new 963
AACS copilot program that incorporates a safety briefing into every
mission's coordination briefing. This program ensures that safety
is always kept in the aircrew's crosschecks. Sgt McClain
implemented new procedures for scheduling and tracking completion of
Supervisory Safety Training for all squadron personnel. The procedures
Sgt McClain has employed have drastically improved squadron compliance
with this mandatory Air Force course. They also developed and ran a
scenario for a major accident response exercise. By developing and
executing a simulated aircraft mishap, they delivered valuable lessons
learned in preparation for the State Centennial summer air show.
Finally, Lt Nelson discovered a deficiency in firefighter training, and
with the help of Sgt McClain, arranged for several 963 AACS flight
engineers to brief 22 local area firefighters on the hazards associated
with the AWACS. Due to mutual support agreements that Tinker AFB maintains with local area fire departments, the potential exists that
firefighting and rescue agencies external to Tinker AFB may respond in
the event of an aircraft mishap. None of the local firefighters had ever
been near an AWACS, let alone trained on the danger areas associated
with them. Currently, Lt Nelson and Sgt McClain are developing plans for
scheduling and implementing similar tours for the rest of the metro area fire departments. Through diligence and exceptional dedication, 1Lt
Nelson and SSgt McClain continue to improve upon a strong safety ethos
that is alive and vibrant within the wing.
1Lt Jack Nelson, TSgt Charles McClain III
Air Control Squadron
552nd Air Control Wing
Tinker AFB, Okla.