by Senior Airman Jonathan Wooden
150th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
6/3/2015 - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The
Air Force Safety Center awarded Chief Master Sergeant Frederick Glass,
Air National Guard's Chief of Occupational Safety and Career Field
Manager, the Air Force Safety Hall of Fame Award during the Mishap
Prevention Workshop in Albuquerque May 12, 2015. He is the first ever
ANG Enlisted member to be inducted into the United States Air Force
Safety Hall of Fame.
Glass is the 15th enlisted military member to receive the Hall of Fame
award, which recognizes individuals who have made singularly unique
contributions to safety in general and the USAF Mishap Prevention
Program in particular.
This prestigious award has only been given 77 times since its inception
in 1977. The achievements of these individuals have noticeably enhanced
the Air Force's mishap prevention program as a sustained superior safety
performance, both now and in the future.
Glass is responsible for the management of the mishap prevention
programs that support 89 Air National Guard Wings, and the 50 states,
territories and the District of Columbia which compose the Air National
Guard. For Glass, what makes one a safety professional is a willingness
to share one's experience with those who seek his or her help? Being a
safety professional can change the way one thinks about solutions for
problems that may arise in a unit. This mindset can offer individuals
another way of thinking on how one approaches daily tasks. This notion
is a type of "thinking outside the box" and becomes a creative way to
developing ideas that help units with mishap prevention.
"If we do our job really well, most people will never know what we did,"
said Glass. "We do not do what we do for recognition by any
organization, military or civilian, however being recognized by your
peers in your profession across an entire country is an extraordinary
moment and a huge honor for all. It's a very humbling experience and on a
personal note, validates all the hard work, time and effort we put into
our AF/ANG Mishap Prevention Programs across the entire nation."