Sat, Feb 28, 2004
Chief Of Staff Wants Zero Accidents
Air Force Chief of
Staff Gen. John P. Jumper has made it clear that he wants a
mishap-free Air Force. General Jumper posted his thoughts on safety
in his Feb. 18 "Chief’s Sight Picture" directive.
"Our ultimate goal is zero mishaps," the general wrote. "Some
people may think zero is simply too hard to be a realistic goal. To
my way of thinking, however, any goal other than zero implies that
some mishaps are acceptable. But no mishap is." The Air Force has
lost more than 1,000 airmen in accidents during the past 10 years,
with off-duty private vehicle accidents being the No. 1 killer.
"Another program, procedure or lecture wont help," General
Jumper wrote. "Each of us paying attention will. The right attitude
about safety in peacetime is no different that how we feel about
surviving in war."
General Jumper established the Air Force Operational Safety
Council, chaired by Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael
Moseley, to oversee safety matters. The AFOSC will monitor safety
performance, examine new or emerging technologies from both the
operational and safety perspectives and direct required changes in
Air Force safety policy, programs and investment.
"All the oversight in the world wont help if our airmen don't
take each other’s safety -- their survival -- seriously,"
General Jumper wrote.
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