Region II News

R2 Officers Virtual Yet Again for the ROC

Zoom-ing has become old hat for most in this crazy year of 2020.  There’s even talk of “Zoom fatigue” for all the hours we have spent trying to stay connected virtually.  However our Region 2 Officers Committee is made up of a special bunch of humans so when we need to get stuff done, it’s done with flair.

It takes creativity and a few costume changes to capture attention these days, old hat indeed.  Joel Nobels from the Southern Colorado chapter was our amigo on the beach for our 2020 Spring ROC keeping us all engaged and full of smiles.  Nate Spencer from the Utah chapter and our Area B Director extended the tradition this fall. (Not sure if there was a screen shot?)

Embrace a Human is our motto and theme for this upcoming year and that’s exactly what we did.  These ROC meetings are all about planning and sharing best practices to support and grow each chapter in our region, ASSP stuff.  However what really comes through is that it’s not really about the “ASSP stuff”, it’s really about being human and sharing a connection that we are all in this together and we truly care for each other.

The whole committee tends to get pretty fired up about bettering their chapters after these ROC meetings so keep your eyes peeled for new communications, new connections and maybe a new sombrero coming your way.

We are here for you…our human community…and we embrace every bit of crazy that we are.
Care to join us next spring?  Connect to our Region 2 Facebook Page and we will see how to get you involved.

153rd Airlift Wing Hosts Rocky Mountain Chapter ASSP

In October 2019, the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard hosted the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals for a “lunch and learn.”  Senior Master Sergeant Brad Mercil, safety superintendent for the 153d Airlift Wing and secretary for the Rocky Mountain Chapter, discussed his role in safeguarding Airmen, protecting resources, and preserving combat readiness.

Senior Master Sergeant Mercil discussed the three safety disciplines he oversees, which include occupational safety, flight safety and weapons/explosive safety.  In addition, Senior Master Sergeant Mercil discussed the various safety programs he manages which include the Air Force Safety Management System (AFSMS), facility inspections and program assessments, mishap response and investigation, risk management, and hazard reporting and abatement.

Following the discussion, attendees were able to tour a C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft and have additional discussions with aircraft maintainers, flight engineers, and loadmasters.

Safety Tour

Safety Tour

Safety Tour

153rd Airlift Wing Hosts Rocky Mountain Chapter ASSP

153rd Airlift Wing Hosts Rocky Mountain Chapter ASSP

In October 2019, the 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air National Guard hosted the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals for a “lunch and learn.”  Senior Master Sergeant Brad Mercil, safety superintendent for the 153d Airlift Wing and secretary for the Rocky Mountain Chapter, discussed his role in safeguarding Airmen, protecting resources, and preserving combat readiness.

Senior Master Sergeant Mercil discussed the three safety disciplines he oversees, which include occupational safety, flight safety and weapons/explosive safety.  In addition, Senior Master Sergeant Mercil discussed the various safety programs he manages which include the Air Force Safety Management System (AFSMS), facility inspections and program assessments, mishap response and investigation, risk management, and hazard reporting and abatement.

Following the discussion, attendees were able to tour a C-130H Hercules cargo aircraft and have additional discussions with aircraft maintainers, flight engineers, and loadmasters.

Safety Tour

Safety Tour

Safety Tour

Welcome to New Region II Leadership

It’s a New Year for Region Leadership

What an incredible 5 years it has been.  I wanted to say thanks, introduce and welcome on our leaders.

Although the 3 year roll off just occurred, we lost Vicki Allen-Buglisi who was the Awards and Honors chair for the past 3 years. She served our region honorably! Ryan Oughterson has now accepted this position for the next 3 years.

As Susie’s term ended for Secretary, she will now be the ARVP Finance (Treasurer). Since Susie has moved on, Lea Duffin has accepted the position as ARVP Secretary.

You guessed it, since Lea has moved on, Jerry Salgado has accepted the position as ARVP Professional Affairs.

Some of you may remember Ryan Briggs really wanted to volunteer and will now be the Co-Chair of ARVP Professional Development with Jeff Citrone.

So let’s give a great big welcome to our new Region II Leaders!  Welcome aboard!

  • Tim Paige-Bottorff, Regional Vice President for Region II

Spring 2020 ROC Registration is Open


Hello Region II

Registration for the Spring ROC (Regional Operating Committee)  is now open.
In order to get an accurate head count, please REGISTER HERE

The format for the ROC is 1.5 days.  Please plan to arrive on Thursday evening.
Accommodations will be at the Strater Hotel in Downtown Durango, CO.

If you have any questions please feel to reach out to Lori Frederic or Tim Page-Bottorff for further info.

We look forward to seeing you there!

ROC Staff