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Critical days of summer campaign kicks off

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. -- Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer; it also kicks off the Air Force's Critical Days of Summer safety campaign. The theme for this year's safety campaign is, "Safety - It's Personal" and runs May 25 through Sept. 4.

"This year's theme is a reminder that safety is everyone's responsibility and the decisions we make impact our friends, families and Air Force community," wrote Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Feest, Air Force chief of safety, in a memo distributed to commanders service wide.

The general's sentiment is echoed by the 157th Air Refueling Wing Safety Office. They suggest that as members of the Air National Guard take advantage of the warmer weather by spending time traveling or participating in outdoor recreation, everyone must ensure appropriate risk management steps are in place.

This includes the proper wear of motorcycle personal protective equipment, safe driving, water and hiking safety and responsible use of alcohol.

"Traditionally, vehicle accidents make up the bulk of fatalities during this time frame," said Senior Master Sgt. Jim Roberts, 157 ARW ground safety manager. "Factors in the majority of these accidents is excessive speed, distracted driving (texting), lack of seatbelt use (automobile), lack of helmet use (motorcycle), fatigue and drinking and driving."

The intention is that every member of the Pease Air National Guard community returns to work after the summer break, according to Roberts.

"Take an active role in keeping your fellow Airmen safe," said Feest. "Reckless behavior off duty remains our greatest threat. Be a great wingman, an engaged supervisor and the one who sets the example for safety both on and off duty."

For more information on the Critical Days of Summer safety campaign, contact the Safety Office at 603-430-3487.
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