FY20 DAF safety awards announced

Air Force Chief of Safety Maj. Gen. John T. Rauch Jr. recently announced the recipients for the fiscal year 2020 Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Safety Awards, as well as the Department of the Air Force Chief of Safety Awards.

“This has been an extraordinary year where personal and public safety have remained at the forefront of all that we do at work and at home,” Rauch said. “Nominees not only accelerated change through barriers imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but excelled in optimizing safety practices across the Air and Space Forces during uncertain times.”

The FY20 Department of the Air Force Safety Awards Program recognizes outstanding feats in safety, accomplishments, and sustained performance by organizations, teams, and individuals within the Air and Space Forces.

“This year’s recipients proved to be a step above; they were agile, innovative and instrumental in their contributions to mishap prevention,” Rauch said. “The Department of the Air Force administers a robust safety program requiring constant vigilance from Airmen and Guardians at every level to integrate effective risk management into their day-to-day decision-making processes. These awards are a testament to the commitment and tenacity of our service professionals as they remain focused on executing their mission safely.”

The DAF Safety Award winners are:

Secretary of the Air Force Safety Award

Air Mobility Command

Major General Benjamin D. Foulois Memorial Award

Air Mobility Command

Colonel Will L. Tubbs Memorial Award for Occupational Safety

Air Combat Command

Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy

Captain Taylor J. Bye, 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (ACC)

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Aircrew of Distinction Award

Crew of ABIDE 03, 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom (USAFE-AFAFRICA)

Air Force Chief of Safety Special Achievement Award

62d Airlift Wing Flight Safety Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (AMC)

DAF Safety Civilian Professional of the Year Award

Percy Adams, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (AFGSC)

DAF Safety Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award

Master Sgt. Micah Sampson, 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom (USAFE-AFAFRICA)

DAF Safety Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award

Staff Sgt. Kelleen Kosch, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany (USAFE-AFAFRICA)

DAF Safety Officer of the Year Award

Maj. Jonathan Florsz, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (AETC)

Chief of Safety Aviation Maintenance Safety Award

Master Sgt. Brandon Baimbridge, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii (AMC)

Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category I

502d Air Base Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas (AETC)

Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category II

51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (PACAF)

Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category III

628th Air Base Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. (AMC)

Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category IV

91st Missile Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D. (AFGSC)

Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category V

Air Force Research Lab Detachment 4, Rome, N.Y. (AFMC)

Chief of Safety Space Outstanding Achievement Award

30th Space Wing, Vandenberg SFB, Calif. (SpOC)

Chief of Safety Space Safety Award

45th Space Wing, Patrick SFB, Fla. (SpOC)

Chief of Safety Weapons Safety Award

75th Air Base Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah (AFMC)

Chief of Safety Nuclear Surety Award

Nuclear Surety and Certification Team (AFMC)

Aero Club Safety Certificates

Elmendorf Aero Club, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska (PACAF)

Robins Aero Club, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (AFMC)

Yokota Aero Club, Yokota Air Base, Japan (PACAF)

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