Region II News

Safety21 – Know Before You Go!

Know Before You Go: Here’s how to get ready for Safety 2021 Conference and Expo   We are excited to come together for Safety 2021 in less than 3 weeks!
 Below are the 3 key things you’ll need to know before traveling to Austin, TX.
 
 For the complete checklist, please visit the Safety 2021 website:
Safety 2021 Onsite Safety Plan
By attending this event, you voluntarily accept all risks related to exposure from communicable disease and agree to not hold ASSP or its representatives liable for any illness or injury. You agree to follow all safety protocols issued by ASSP.  
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  Your Proof of Full COVID-19 Vaccination OR Negative Test Results Within 48 Hours of Arrival Is Required for Entry
 
 The easiest and quickest way to provide your proof of full vaccination or negative COVID test results within 48 hours of arrival is by using our partner app, Bindle. Bindle is an easy-to-use technology solution that protects your personal identity and health information while speeding the process of verifying your eligibility to enter the event.
 
 Get set up with Bindle now using these quick reference links:
 
 How to Use Bindle | Bindle Privacy Policy | Bindle FAQ
 
 For additional options on verification, please visit our Onsite Safety Plan.
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Face Coverings Are Mandatory at All Times Indoors
 
When in the convention center and hotel meeting rooms, throughout the event, you will need to wear your face covering, except when actively drinking and eating. If you’ve forgotten or misplaced yours, please find the nearest ASSP staff member and we will provide a disposable face covering for your use. You will see that our session speakers will present their content without their face covering. They will follow physical distancing protocols during their sessions.   Acceptable face covering guidelines: Face coverings shall cover your nose, mouth and chin. Avoid bandanas, gaiters, masks with exhalation valves or clear shield-like face masks.
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  Plan on Picking Up Your Badge on Sunday, September 12
 
 
Avoid long lines and delays on Monday morning and pick up your badge on Sunday, September 12 any time from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. CDT at the Austin Convention Center. Please do not wait until Monday morning to pick up your badge unless absolutely necessary.
 
 
Click here to learn more about how to pick up your badge: Onsite Safety Plan
Again, for the complete checklist, please visit the Safety 2021 website: Onsite Safety Plan

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