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Professionalism and discipline.

As I took command of ACC, I immediately saw the positive impact that commander involvement had in preserving our Airmen's lives and our combat capability. We suffered zero on-duty Class A Ground mishaps, tying our FY04 record low. Also, we came in way below the SECDEF's goals for Flight, off-duty Ground and 4-wheel Private Motor Vehicle, and Weapons Class A mishaps. Clearly, leadership played pivotal roles in these successes, so this edition of COMBAT EDGE revolves around Leadership.


Recently, in a nationwide poll, the National Safety Council asked, "When it comes to safety, who is the harder 'sell': Management or workers?" Two-thirds responded that management was the harder sell. This can be attributed to a variety of reasons. First, some managers rarely leave their desks, so they don't really know their risks and hazards. Others are more concerned about production, paying less attention to the benefits of possible investments in safety initiatives, equipment, or training. Lastly, some don't fully understand their leadership role in mishap prevention. Fortunately, I don't see this as a problem in Air Combat Command, but I think we can increase safety awareness at all levels.

My safety focus this year builds upon our ongoing foundation of leadership and commander involvement, which we must reinforce through discipline and professionalism. In today's fiscally and resource-constrained operating environment, ACC Airmen must hold each other accountable. We must do what's right, by the book, every time, both on-and off-duty. Commanders and supervisors are doing what they can to execute safety programs and training--giving ACC Airmen all available tools to minimize risk--but they can't be everywhere all the time. Through discipline and professionalism, we assure our leaders that their efforts carry on even when they're not present.

Raise your level of professionalism and the level of safety raises with it. Raising our level of discipline translates to higher quality training, tighter tech order discipline, and safer operations. Raising the level of personal accountability among Airmen elevates the health of our Wingman ethos and personal risk management culture.

In this Winter edition of COMBAT EDGE, we present you with safety articles from your Vice Commander (Lt Gen Bill Rew); your ACC Director of Safety (Col Sid "Scroll" Mayeux); your ACC Chief of Flight Safety (Col Al Marshall); and the 36th Operations Group Commander at Andersen AB, Guam (Col Randy Kaufman)--over a century of combined leadership and risk management experience offering you vital takeaways on complacency, overconfidence, discipline, professionalism, and leadership. I hope you'll enjoy the read; and stay safe out there in Air Combat Command!

Gen Gilmary M. Hostage III Commander
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Title Annotation:ON SAFETY
Author:Hostage, Gilmary M., III
Publication:Combat Edge
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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