Air Force Safety Chief visits Cannon

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force Safety Chief, poses with Staff Sgt. John Stevens, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron gunship support section supervisor, 1st Lt. James White, 318th Special Operations Squadron pilot, Staff Sgt. Nathan Kilborn, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron tower watch supervisor, and Senior Airman Justin Eustace, 27th SOSS tower air traffic controller, March 12, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Neubauer visited Cannon to congratulate the base for its role in securing Air Force Special Operations Command’s second consecutive award for the Air Force’s best flight safety program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force Safety Chief, poses with Staff Sgt. John Stevens, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron gunship support section supervisor, 1st Lt. James White, 318th Special Operations Squadron pilot, Staff Sgt. Nathan Kilborn, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron tower watch supervisor, and Senior Airman Justin Eustace, 27th SOSS tower air traffic controller, March 12, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Neubauer visited Cannon to congratulate the base for its role in securing Air Force Special Operations Command’s second consecutive award for the Air Force’s best flight safety program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force Safety Chief, coins Staff Sgt. John Stevens, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron gunship support section supervisor, March 12, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Stevens was recognized for his work revamping the 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s safety program after their move to new facilities at Cannon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force Safety Chief, coins Staff Sgt. John Stevens, 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron gunship support section supervisor, March 12, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Stevens was recognized for his work revamping the 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s safety program after their move to new facilities at Cannon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer, Air Force Chief of Safety, made an in-person appearance March 12 at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. In 2014, Air Commandos flew 100,000 combat hours across five continents without a single Class A mishap.

And they did it predominantly at night, often hugging terrain right in the enemy’s back yard. Air Force Special Operations Command Air Commandos proved again that they could be part of one of the most combat-intensive commands in the Air Force and still keep safety a top priority by taking home three Air Force-level safety awards for 2014.

After touring the base and meeting with Cannon’s safety team, Neubauer took time to meet with four Air Commandos who made outstanding individual contributions to AFSOC’s flawless safety record. From building new inspection procedures and preventing a collision with a general aviation aircraft, to landing a single-engine aircraft after its commander was incapacitated by food poisoning, these Airmen were able to execute the mission and get the job done safely.

AFSOC won the Major General Benjamin D. Foulois Award for the second consecutive year as the Air Force’s best flight safety program. This prestigious award recognizes the major command with the best flight safety record.

The MAJCOM led the Air Force with no Class A mishaps in two years, despite the challenges of flying six separate types of aircraft, mostly at night, for 115,000 total hours.

As the workhorse of Special Operations Forces troop movement and intra-theater airlift, AFSOC aircraft overcame the constant hazards of landing in austere and unimproved fields. AFSOC also created Africa’s first web-based Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard map, increasing crews’ awareness of bird conditions across the continent.