3/26/2011 - NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AFNS) -- The 2011 Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Symposium at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel here wrapped up after five days of training sessions. The symposium ran from March 21 through 25.
Airmen from all Air Force commands attended sessions on topics ranging from environmental chemistry to risk communication.
The ESOH Symposium was an opportunity for individuals to meet and network with others from a variety of career fields including contracting, bioenvironmental engineering, asset management, maintenance, public affairs and legal. This event allowed people from different specialties to get together and gather information about how to make the most of each individual's Air Force experience on how to avoid waste, whether it is of a personal or an environmental nature.
"It's an opportunity for many commands to come together and cross-train," said Mr. J.P. Smith, the ESOH Symposium director. According to Smith, the hope is to reduce future cost to individual commands and increase an understanding between career fields through learned mutual understanding of the topics taught.
3/29/2011 6:06:34 AM ET I agree with Jerry. In a time when we have to cut costs and corners do we really need these annual conferences? Perhaps just postpone them for the time being. After all some of us can't even order parts because of budget reductions.
Concerned NCO, out west
3/28/2011 11:17:01 AM ET In the current very tight budget situation the Air Force finds itself in why not change these from annual to biennial? These boondoggles are defended to the death by the ones who attend and I am sure they do provide some benefit but do we really need them every year?