Year of Leadership: First sergeant gives perspective on 101 CDS

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  • By Master Sgt. James McNair
  • 341st Force Support Squadron first sergeant
Memorial Day is right around the corner and with it we start the 101 Critical Days of Summer. Why do we spend so much time focusing on this specific time of the year?

Back in the early '80s, the Air Force Safety Center acknowledged an increase in fatalities during the summer months, especially from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The AFSC devised a campaign called the "101 Critical Days of Summer," which called for observing the 101 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day as a time frame requiring a focus on awareness, education and personal risk management to reduce the number of mishaps.

Through Operational Risk Management - ACT!
· Assess the situation
· Consider risk mitigating options
· Take Appropriate Action.

A simple application of ACT will reduce fatal and non-fatal mishaps, enabling each unit to retain better overall capability and prevent loved ones from heartache.

You might be saying, "What are the threats?"

Motor vehicle accidents are the number-one threat. We all know the roads in Montana can be unpredictable. Slow down, scan for trouble ahead, and don't drink and drive. Always wear your seatbelt and drive defensively.

With temperatures warming up, the sun can become a threat. Do not become a French fry; use a good sunscreen (at least SPF 35) to protect your skin from overexposure to the sun. Moreover, a pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays.

When enjoying water sports review the water conditions, always use the buddy system, never consume alcohol while swimming nor swim alone.

Challenge your fellow Airman to think outside the box and come up with ways to prevent mishaps in your
unit. Be a good Wingman and break that hazard chain before someone gets hurt.

Every member of the 341st Missile Wing is vital to the success of the base and while we want you to get out and enjoy all that Montana has to offer, we want you to do so safely.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and a great "101 Critical Days of Summer."