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FY20 Department of the Air Force Safety Awards

2020 Department of the Air Force Annual Safety Awards graphic

Graphic announcing the release of the fiscal year 2020 Department of the Air Force Annual Safety Awards. (Air Force Illustration by Jessie Perkins)

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Air Force Chief of Safety Maj. Gen. John T. Rauch Jr. recently announced the recipients for the fiscal year 2020 Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff Safety Awards, as well as the Department of the Air Force Chief of Safety Awards.

“This has been an extraordinary year where personal and public safety have remained at the forefront of all that we do at work and at home,” Rauch said. “Nominees not only accelerated change through barriers imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but excelled in optimizing safety practices across the Air and Space Forces during uncertain times.”

The FY20 Department of the Air Force Safety Awards Program recognizes outstanding feats in safety, accomplishments, and sustained performance by organizations, teams, and individuals within the Air and Space Forces.

“This year’s recipients proved to be a step above; they were agile, innovative and instrumental in their contributions to mishap prevention,” Rauch said. “The Department of the Air Force administers a robust safety program requiring constant vigilance from Airmen and Guardians at every level to integrate effective risk management into their day-to-day decision-making processes. These awards are a testament to the commitment and tenacity of our service professionals as they remain focused on executing their mission safely.”

DAF Safety Award winners are:

Secretary of the Air Force Safety Award
Air Mobility Command

Major General Benjamin D. Foulois Memorial Award
Air Mobility Command

Colonel Will L. Tubbs Memorial Award for Occupational Safety
Air Combat Command

Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy
Captain Taylor J. Bye, 75th Fighter Squadron, 23d Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. (ACC)

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Aircrew of Distinction Award
Crew of ABIDE 03, 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England (USAFE-AFAFRICA)

Air Force Chief of Safety Special Achievement Award
62d Airlift Wing Flight Safety Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (AMC)

DAF Safety Civilian Professional of the Year Award
Percy Adams, 2d Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. (AFGSC)

DAF Safety Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award:
Master Sgt. Micah Sampson, 48th Fighter Wing, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom (USAFE-AFAFRICA)

DAF Safety Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award:
Staff Sgt. Kelleen Kosch, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany (USAFE-AFAFRICA)

DAF Safety Officer of the Year Award:
Maj. Jonathan Florsz, 71st Flying Training Wing, Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (AETC)

Chief of Safety Aviation Maintenance Safety Award:
Master Sgt. Brandon Baimbridge, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii (AMC)

Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category I:
502d Air Base Wing, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas (AETC)

Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category II:
51st Fighter Wing, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea (PACAF)

Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category III:
628th Air Base Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C. (AMC)

Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category IV:
91st Missile Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D. (AFGSC)

Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Occupational Safety, Category V:
Air Force Research Lab Detachment 4, Rome, N.Y. (AFMC)

Chief of Safety Space Outstanding Achievement Award:
30th Space Wing, Vandenberg SFB, Calif. (SpOC)

Chief of Safety Space Safety Award:
45th Space Wing, Patrick SFB, Fla. (SpOC)

Chief of Safety Weapons Safety Award
75th Air Base Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah (AFMC)

Chief of Safety Nuclear Surety Award
Nuclear Surety and Certification Team (AFMC)

Aero Club Safety Certificates:
Elmendorf Aero Club, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska (PACAF)
Robins Aero Club, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. (AFMC)
Yokota Aero Club, Yakota Air Base, Japan (PACAF)

More information for the FY20 Department of the Air Force Safety Awards Program can be found on the Air Force Safety Center website at: https://www.safety.af.mil/Home/Safety-Awards/.

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