72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
1/21/2016 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, OKLAHOMA -- Three
Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex maintenance groups recently earned
the highest honor for workplace safety and health under the nationwide
Voluntary Protection Program.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration awarded Star status
this month to the 76th Propulsion Maintenance Group, the 76th
Commodities Maintenance Group and the 76th Maintenance Support Group.
The simultaneous award hat trick is a first for the Oklahoma City Air
Logistics Complex, which now has four VPP Star organizations. The 76th
Software Maintenance Group and OC-ALC Staff office previously earned
"I'm extremely proud of these three groups achieving VPP stars," said
OC-ALC Commander Brig. Gen. Mark Johnson. "It demonstrates just how
committed our workforce, our union partners, and our leadership team is
to workplace safety. The entire enterprise should be extremely proud of
Jim Bligh, part of the VPP program management team and first vice
president of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 916,
said the feat is also significant because it's the first Star status
achieved by Tinker industrial operations.
"It's really been good that our industrial areas have taken on the
challenge of this program and done what it takes to get that
recognition," Mr. Bligh said. "We get the airplanes and engines out, we
do what has to be done and we've proven that we can all work together to
get an elite safety status."
VPP is an "above and beyond" optional safety and health program for
private and federal employers that already have outstanding safety and
Organizations typically work for years to become VPP Stars, undergoing
rigorous inspections that involve dozens of employee interviews,
workplace evaluations, safety management analysis and more.
An OSHA team evaluated the three Tinker groups here last fall.
"We're extremely excited," said Mike Mowles, deputy director of the 76th
CMXG, which has more than 1,600 employees. "We've been working toward
this for years. To finally get it done and have OSHA come out and
validate what we already thought we knew, it's a tremendous win."
Tinker management, unions, employees and OSHA worked together for the
Star honor. It recognizes "exemplary achievement in the prevention and
control of occupational safety and health hazards, and the development,
implementation and continuous improvement of their safety and health
management system," according to OSHA.
A formal celebration coordinated with Air Logistics Complex leadership
and Local 916 of the American Federation of Government Employees Union
is set for February 3rd in Building 9001.