by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
I.G. Brown Training and Education Center
8/7/2015 - MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. -- About
60 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command officers and safety
experts met at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center campus here
this week for lessons on safety.
The Air Reserve Component Chief of Safety course addresses several
training requirements that the officers use to manage their safety
programs, said officials.
"The biggest thing is taking care of your base," said Senior Master Sgt.
Eric Apelskog, senior NCO for the Air National Guard's Flight Safety.
Air Force chiefs of safety manage all safety aspects at a wing- or
base-level. They supervise mishap prevention for a commander as well as
promote a professional attitude toward safety. There's ground and
flight safety, risk management and weapons safety among their primary
"We teach them everything they need to run their safety programs," said Apelskog.
The course included about 34 presentations, in four days, on ground and
flight safety topics as well as lessons on mishap investigation and
others from more than a dozen speakers. Subject matter experts were
representatives from the Air National Guard Readiness Center, the Air
Force Reserve Command, the Air Force Safety Center and the National
Transportation Safety Board.
Apelskog said that the training is mandatory for all chiefs of safety in
the Air Force. This Reserve component version meets those criteria,
with an added focus on the unique aspects of the Guard and Reserve.
This was the first time they held their training at the TEC. They met in Wingman Hall.