Ramstein puts safety first, prevents mishaps

by 86th Airlift Wing Safety Office

It’s that time of year again, and the 86th Airlift Wing has officially kicked off the Critical Days of Summer campaign.

As the vehicle volume on roadways increases during the summer months, so does the risk of mishaps and injuries. By practicing traffic safety regularly, Airmen not only protect themselves and loved ones, but they also protect others on the road.
Some of the most preventable Air Force mishaps involve either sports and recreational injuries or traffic accidents. Last year, the 86th AW had five traffic mishaps during the summer.

The installation has already had four traffic-related reportable mishaps this fiscal year. The goal is to reduce and end mishaps — this goal can be achieved by planning ahead when traveling, sticking to those plans and making smarter risk-management

To get started on how to plan ahead, Airmen and their families can visit the Army’s Travel Risk Planning System and create an assessment on their trip plans.

This tool is an outstanding risk assessment asset and is aimed at assisting drivers with route planning and to avoid potential adverse road and weather conditions prior to hitting the road. The site requires a Common Access Card and can be accessed at

Members and their families can further reduce preventable mishaps by fostering a culture of safety. This commitment reflects upon leadership and is contagious to unit

Being safety minded does not stop when a person leaves the office or a workplace; it’s continuous and extends to Airmen’s friends and family — safety is everyone’s responsibility.

The 86th AW had a reasonably low number of mishaps during the winter campaign of 2014. Keep safety in mind, and make this year a mishap-free summer.