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BEST GROUND SAFETY PROGRAM

Colonel Will L. Tubbs Memorial Award for ground safety for fiscal 2012 (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Bendet)

Colonel Will L. Tubbs Memorial Award for ground safety for fiscal 2012 (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Bendet)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Air Education and Training Command Safety earned the Colonel Will L. Tubbs Memorial Award for ground safety for fiscal 2012.

The award recognizes the most effective major command, direct reporting unit or forward operating agency ground safety program.

"We're very excited about this award because it captures a command-wide success story," said Col. Tal Metzgar, AETC director of safety. "The Tubbs award recognizes the leadership of the headquarters safety staff, wing safety professionals, line-level supervisors and individual Airmen and civilians who own mishap prevention."

Reduction of military and civilian injuries and fatalities is the primary selection criteria for the award, and AETC led the way with zero on-duty fatalities in fiscal 2012 and a 33 percent drop in fatalities from the 10-year average.

"While it is impossible to attribute this reduction to any one cause, we've been working for several years to create a great safety culture in AETC," said Edward Talbott, AETC Ground Safety Division manager. "Our commanders, supervisors, military training leaders and technical training instructors do a great job of conveying great safety messages to all our Airmen. This improved safety culture means Airmen are keeping risk management in their thoughts, and we have less injuries and fatalities occurring across the command."