Air Force Safety Center (AFSC) is a field operating agency headquartered at Kirtland
Air Force Base, New Mexico.
The Air Force Safety
Center develops and manages Air Force mishap prevention programs and the Nuclear
Surety Program. It develops regulatory guidance, provides technical assistance
in the flight, ground and weapons and space safety disciplines, and maintains
the Air Force data base for all safety mishaps. It oversees all major command
mishap investigations and evaluates corrective actions for applicability and implementation
Air Force wide. It also develops and directs safety education programs for all
There are approximately
160 personnel assigned to the Air Force Safety Center, divided almost equally
between military and civilians.
Force chief of safety, who also holds the title of director, Air Force Safety
Center, heads the organization. The Air Force Safety Center has a group commander,
four mission divisions, three support divisions and a small liaison detachment
at the Pentagon.
The Aviation Safety Division manages Air Force flight
mishap prevention programs for all manned aircraft. It furnishes technical assistance,
information and analysis for flight safety issues and manages the flight mishap
investigative process. In addition, they provide comprehensive flight engineering
expertise, guidance in the human factor and life support arenas and oversee the
USAF Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program.
The Ground Safety Division
develops ground safety programs and procedures to provide a safe work environment
for Air Force personnel. They research, write and maintain Air Force Occupational
Safety and Health standards to ensure compliance with federal laws. In addition,
they evaluate final mishap reports and provide lessons learned and analyses to
The Weapons, Space and Nuclear Safety Division establishes
and executes mishap prevention programs for all weapons, reactor, space and nuclear
systems. They provide nuclear systems design certification, explosive safety standards
development, space and weapon safety consultation, as well as system inspection,
oversight, education and staff assistance in their areas of responsibility.
The Policy, Plans and Programs Division ensures proactive and effective mishap
prevention guidance for all safety disciplines. They manage and administer the
Air Force safety education and training program and operate the USAF Crash Laboratory.
They are also responsible for the Air Force Safety Awards Program, the development
and implementation of the Operational Risk Management Program, and administer
the AFSC Quality Program.
The Data Operations and Analysis Division provides
AFSC with communications- computer infrastructure and expertise needed for effective
productivity and mission accomplishment. They maintain the Air Force data base
of all safety mishaps and respond to customer requirements for mishap data.
The Public and Media Affairs Division publishes three Air Force special publications:
Flying Safety, Road and Rec and Nuclear Surety and Weapons Safety Journal. They
are responsible for fielding inquires from local and national news media for safety
information and providing coordinated responses. In addition, they are responsible
for producing video tape presentations on relevant safety issues in support of
mishap prevention programs.
The Resource Management, Manpower and Career
Programs Division establishes policy and manages Air Force safety civilian and
enlisted career fields. They are the functional managers for the Air Force safety
manpower standard and variances. They also establish policy and manage AFSC military
and civilian personnel actions. In addition, they are responsible for AFSC manpower
requirements and managing the AFSC budget.
The Issues Division, a detachment
in the Pentagon, provides a direct interface with members of the Air Staff. They
facilitate responses to questions on safety-related issues raised by the chief
of staff and members of the staff. They also represent the chief of safety at
Air Staff meetings and boards.
The Center has a staff judge advocate
assigned who provides legal advice and general counsel on all aspects of mishap
prevention programs and safety investigations. In addition, the office is responsible
for maintaining the AFSC mishap report library and responding to Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA) and non-FOIA requests for mishap investigation data.
After the Air Force became a separate department, the Air Force chief of
staff designated the Office of the Inspector General to oversee all inspection
and safety functions. These functions were consolidated in an Inspector General
group at Norton Air Force Base, California, in the 1950s.
On Dec. 31,
1971, the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center was activated, replacing the
1002nd IG Group. The center was divided into the Air Force Inspection Agency and
the Air Force Safety Agency in August 1991. Both agencies moved to Kirtland AFB
in July 1993 due to the closure of Norton AFB.
On Jan. 1, 1996, the Air
Force Safety Center activated when the Air Force chief of safety and staff moved
from Washington, D.C., to consolidate all safety functions at Kirtland.
POINT OF CONTACT:
Air Force Safety Center
Public and Media Affairs
Division; 9700 G Avenue, SE, Suite 282A; Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, 87117-5670; DSN: 246-0936 or (505) 846-0936
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