by Natalie Eslinger
Air Force Safety Center Public Affairs
9/7/2012 - KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- The Air Force 2012 Critical Days of Summer campaign ended Sept. 4 with zero fatalities for the Labor Day weekend for the first time in five years.
"We at the Safety Center always have a Quest for Zero mission," said Bill Parsons, Air Force Chief of Ground Safety. "It is, and always should be, our pursuit. Even if we suffer an always-tragic fatality, we strive to prevent another from happening, and we must continue to be aware of the risks associated with off-duty choices and to be the best wingmen possible."
Parsons attributes the fatality-free holiday weekend to summer safety campaigns, and the contributions of the Airman to Airman Safety Advisory Council members.
"That program allows Airmen ages 17-26 to address their peers in commander's calls and safety briefings to share their personal safety lessons so that others may be persuaded to make solid risk management decisions," Parsons said.
While the Air Force had no a fatalities over the Labor Day weekend and zero on-duty fatalities during the 15-week CDS campaign, 16 Airmen died in off-duty mishaps; two of those involved alcohol.
According to safety reports, nine of the mishaps involved motorcycles. The other seven included sports and recreation, privately-owned motor vehicles and mishaps occurring at home. So far this fiscal year, the Air Force has lost a total of 44 Airmen in off-duty mishaps.
Air Force Safety Center officials remind all Airmen that most mishaps and fatalities are preventable, and that every Airman lost impacts many lives, including family, friends and colleagues.
9/11/2012 4:40:07 PM ET He was not included in the 16--turns out since he had not reported in to his new duty station yet he was not considered an AF asset at the time of the accident--still on previous unit's books. He was one of my officer's from a previous assignment--tough loss for the AF
eric, Scott AFB
9/10/2012 4:52:11 PM ET Perhaps this captain was included in the 16 Airmen who died in off-duty mishaps since nine of the mishaps involved motorcycles. I couldn't imagine the safety center putting out an erroreous report. What would it have to gain
Bertha, Goodfellow AFB
9/10/2012 12:45:03 PM ET Eric from Scott the Captain might have been a different service because the last AF Class A mishap was on 26 August involving a motorcycle rider.
9/10/2012 9:06:40 AM ET Not true The AF had at least one fatality over the Labor Day Weekend--an active duty Captain just returned from deployment was killed in a motorcycle accident in KY on Sep 1st