General Chilton sends 101 CDS message

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  • By Gen. Kevin P. Chilton
  • Air Force Space Command commander
Each year, we conduct an Air Force-wide summer safety campaign during the 101 Critical Days of Summer. This tradition started in the early 1980s and was developed to counter the traditional increase in Air Force mishaps and fatalities occurring between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

Fortunately over the last five years, the number of Air Force-wide fatalities has slowly decreased - let's continue this trend. With your help, we can make it happen.
Last year, Air Force Space Command lost four Airmen to vehicle accidents and one to drowning. Each fatalitiy was preventable. Although the circumstances were different, poor decision-making was the major contributing factor. 

The greatest danger you and your family face during the summer months involves vehicles. Whether you are the driver or a passenger, the decisions you make are critical. The number one thing you can do to increase your chances of survival is to wear your seatbelt whenever the vehicle is in motion. Even a momentary unbuckling opens the door to disaster. If you are on a motorcycle, protective equipment is the only thing that stands between you and the roadway - wear it. 

Let's do our part this summer and take care of each other. Talk with your co-workers and family members about assessing the risks and taking the necessary actions to reduce those risks. 

Cathy and I look forward to sharing a fun and safe summer with all of you.