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AETC launches Operation Safe Summer

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, MISS. -- Once again, we're heading into the "101 Critical Days of Summer," traditionally the highest risk period during the year for accidents to occur. 

Air Education and Training Command's "Operation Safe Summer -- Campaign for Safety" runs from Friday through Sept. 2, the day after Labor Day). I'm confident we'll do our very best to protect our most valuable resource -- our Airmen. 

Unfortunately, the Air Force lost 19 Airmen during this same period last year, one more than the previous year. Mishap data revealed that 15 of those 19 fatalities were the result of personnel exercising poor risk decisions and judgment. 

This year we continue to see tragedies that are preventable. Private motor vehicle mishaps are increasing, and alcohol use and unsafe driving practices are just two of the factors that we can affect through prevention methods and proper training. 

I ask commanders and supervisors to dedicate a couple of hours to discuss mishap prevention. Taking care of our own -- our "Wingmen" -- on and off-duty is everyone's responsibility. Through strong leadership, proper guidance and personal responsibility, we can all have a safe, enjoyable summer.