Salutes & Awards

January 24, 2013

Tucson Guardsman inducted into Hall of Fame

Tags:
U.S. Air Force Capt. Peter Shinn
Andrews Air Force Base, MD
(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Marvin Preston)
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt, III of Oklahoma, right, presents U.S. Air Force Safety Hall of Fame plaque to U.S. Air Force Col. Doug “Odie” Slocum, of Tucson, AZ at an Air National Guard Town Hall meeting, January 22.

Andrews Air Force Base, MD – Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt, Director of the Air National Guard, made an enduring statement about his priority to take care of Airmen at his final Town Hall meeting today. With hundreds of Guardsmen gathered around, Wyatt referenced this commitment in honoring the Guard’s Director of Safety, Col. Doug Slocum of the Arizona Air National Guard, with induction into the Air Force Safety Hall of Fame.

Slocum, tasked with leading aviation, workplace, and weapons safety policy and programs for more than 106,000 Citizen-Airmen from 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia, has been on the job since 2009. Slocum, who logged more than 600 motivational presentations to more than 75,000 people, is only the second member of the Air National Guard so honored. Col. Edward Vaughan, the Air Guard’s senior Advisor to the Air University and former Deputy Director of ANG Safety, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.

“It’s humbling,” said Slocum of the award. “I appreciate the recognition, but safety is part of the culture of the Air National Guard – a safety culture that has been stressed and communicated from the top leaders of the ANG for decades.”

In choosing Slocum for this honor, the Air Force Safety Center, commanded by Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, cited the ANG’s 69% cut in major flight mishaps over three years, as well as Slocum’s ability to spark cultural change and a renewed leadership focus on the wingman concept. Among the many programs Slocum leveraged for success, his creation and development of Air Force Maintenance Resource Management, or MRM, beginning in 2004 has likely had the biggest impact. In the first two years after MRM was adopted by Air Force Headquarters, the service marked a 75% reduction in maintenance human error-caused mishaps.

Slocum’s efforts to protect Citizen-Airmen, particularly with regard to resiliency and human factors, highlighted the Air Guard’s organization as a whole. In 2012, Wyatt himself was recognized by the National Safety Council as one of eight “CEOs Who Get It”, another first for the Guard. Slocum adds, “General Wyatt has been a great proponent of safety. I like his phrasing that ‘safety is just part of our DNA.’”

For his part, Wyatt is quick to point out Slocum’s transformative leadership in supporting Guard members and missions across the operational continuum. Wyatt said, “Colonel Doug Slocum is not only a great leader and engaging public speaker, he inspires those around him to become leaders.”

In an organization as large and diverse as the Air National Guard, this is no easy challenge. The Guard is the only Air Force component with both state and federal primary missions. With men and women serving on seven continents and in every U.S. state and territory, Guard missions can range from combat action in Afghanistan, to supporting National Science Foundation logistics in Antarctica, to providing clean water and emergency fuel to survivors of domestic hurricanes and floods.

As evidence of the improved stock of Guard’s safety initiatives, the Air Force Portal recently began carrying a link to the ANG’s WingmanDay.org online commander’s resource. Slocum and his team designed a plug-and-play, multi-media, agenda builder designed to free up commanders and supervisors to spend more time with their Airmen and less time in front of computers.

Slocum credits another ANG startup, the Wingman Project, with helping to empower each Airman to intervene to save a life. The basic premise of the suicide prevention effort, on which he collaborated with the initiative’s founder, Vaughan, is to provide outreach, tools, and cultural support to enable families and friends to become valuable wingmen for service members. Yet, with suicide rates on the rise, and budgetary concerns in the headlines, the ANG is employing what Slocum calls a “layered defense” to try to support Airmen across the spectrum.

“Keeping our people safe and ensuring the readiness of our fighting forces is not a one-time safety ‘thing’ that we do.” Slocum continues, “regardless of the environment or external pressures, we must tenaciously adhere to our core values in everything we do…safety will be the by-product of that commitment.”

This linking of core values with safe mission execution makes perfect sense to ANG’s three-star from Oklahoma. “…every mission’s success is contingent on each Airman making it home safely at the end of the day.” With a nod to his organizational wingman, Wyatt added “…[Slocum] is a transformational executive leader who lives the Air Force core values of integrity, service, and excellence.”

When asked what drives him to push the wingman culture so passionately, Slocum summed it up like this. “Safety ultimately boils down to being a good Wingman. We look after one another and we hold each other accountable. A healthy, safe, and resilient Air National Guard is the result of teamwork. It’s been my honor to be part of this team.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force earns majority of federal energy awards

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — It’s a banner year for the Air Force with the Department of Energy recently announcing that service won a lion’s share of 2014 Federal Energy Management Program awards. The Air Fo...
 
 

Nominees sought for Joan Orr spouse, Verne Orr ward

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center officials are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Air Force Association Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award and the 2015 AFA Verne Orr Award. The Joan Orr award honors significant contributions made by non-military spouses of Air Force military members. The...
 
 
DiamondSharp_pict

Diamond Sharp August 28, 2014

Name/Squadron: Technical Sgt. Jason Tinsley / 563 OSS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Artina Connell Duty Title: NCOIC, Intelligence Training When joined the AF: March 12, 2003 Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Hobbies: Spending time w...
 

 

Voting now open for American Airman Video Contest

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Voting for the 2014 American Airman Video Contest is now open and runs until Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. CDT. The contest launched July 1 for all total force Airmen to showcase their Air Force stories in short selfie videos. “Every Airman has a story — and smartphone...
 
 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie)

Airman lifts Arizona record to new elevations

An Airman stepped onto the platform, hands at his side, ready. He closes his eyes, blocked out all distractions and focused on the task at hand. Once he’s chalked up and squats down, the gun goes off. Staff Sgt. David Labrie,...
 
 

Diamond Sharp August 1, 2014

Name/Squadron:   Airman 1st Class Colby Evans / 43 ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jaime Lewis Duty Title: Knowledge Operations/Commander’s Support Staff When joined the AF: March 4, 2013 Hometown: Freemont, CA Hobbies: Playing various sports such as football and basketball, video gaming, hiking, drawing Selection Reasons: In Airman Evans’ short time in the Air...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin