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National Aviation Safety Commissioners Visit Hickam

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety listens to concerns from Total Force Integration Senior non-commissioned officers and Pacific Air Forces Safety members at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS is assessing various aspects of aviation safety, including leadership, equipment, and training. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety listens to concerns from Total Force Integration Senior non-commissioned officers and Pacific Air Forces Safety members at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS is assessing various aspects of aviation safety, including leadership, equipment, and training. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety listens to concerns from Total Force Integration Squadron Commanders at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS have visited over 70 different sites to try and reduce the number of aircraft mishaps in military aviation. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety listens to concerns from Total Force Integration Squadron Commanders at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS have visited over 70 different sites to try and reduce the number of aircraft mishaps in military aviation. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety greets Total Force Integration Squadron Commanders at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS was put together by Congress to assess military installations and report back with findings on how to increase safety and mission readiness. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety greets Total Force Integration Squadron Commanders at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS was put together by Congress to assess military installations and report back with findings on how to increase safety and mission readiness. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

Retired Gen. Raymond E. Johns, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety Commissioner, speaks with Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing Commander, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The group spoke with senior and junior Airmen to learn more about military aviation safety in order to address previous mishaps across the Department of Defense. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

Retired Gen. Raymond E. Johns, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety Commissioner, speaks with Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing Commander, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The group spoke with senior and junior Airmen to learn more about military aviation safety in order to address previous mishaps across the Department of Defense. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation view Hangar 21 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The intention of the NCMAS is to be able to make recommendations on safety, training, maintenance and personnel in the military to Congress. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation view Hangar 21 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The intention of the NCMAS is to be able to make recommendations on safety, training, maintenance and personnel in the military to Congress. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

Members of the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety (NCMAS) take a tour of the F-22 Raptor facility Nov. 1, 2019, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The purpose of NCMAS is to examine past mishaps and make recommendations to the President, Congress and ultimately the Defense Department on ways to improve aviation safety and readiness in the military. As part of their review, members of NCMAS conducted site visits of various flight facilities and operations located on Oahu island. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado)

Members of the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety (NCMAS) take a tour of the F-22 Raptor facility Nov. 1, 2019, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The purpose of NCMAS is to examine past mishaps and make recommendations to the President, Congress and ultimately the Defense Department on ways to improve aviation safety and readiness in the military. As part of their review, members of NCMAS conducted site visits of various flight facilities and operations located on Oahu island. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado)

Members of the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety (NCMAS) take a tour of the F-22 Raptor facility Nov. 1, 2019, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The purpose of NCMAS is to examine past mishaps and make recommendations to the President, Congress and ultimately the Defense Department on ways to improve aviation safety and readiness in the military. As part of their review, members of NCMAS conducted site visits of various flight facilities and operations located on Oahu island. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado)

Members of the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety (NCMAS) take a tour of the F-22 Raptor facility Nov. 1, 2019, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The purpose of NCMAS is to examine past mishaps and make recommendations to the President, Congress and ultimately the Defense Department on ways to improve aviation safety and readiness in the military. As part of their review, members of NCMAS conducted site visits of various flight facilities and operations located on Oahu island. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety visited the 15th and 154th wings here on Nov. 1, 2019, to speak with leaders as well as Airmen who make the mission happen. The commission is a team of professionals that have joined forces to help assess, identify, and solve issues surrounding military aviation.

Hickam Airfield was one stop of many and is a critical location due to some of the vital operations the installation is a part of.

“Hickam Field is a great location for the commission because we’re a joint base,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Hood, 15th Wing Chief of Safety. “We also have a joint airfield with the international airport, Total Force Integration with the Hawaii International Guard, and we have a very diverse mission set.”

The base is a major center for disaster relief operations across the Indo-Pacific, is home to the F-22 fighter squadron, and also provides airlift support to Pacific Air Forces commanders. According to the 15th Wing Operation Support Squadron, approximately 20,000 aircraft arrivals and departures occur at Hickam’s joint airfield per year. With the amount of potential air time, aviation safety is a major concern.

“I’m thankful that I get to continue to contribute and take the knowledge we’ve learned, and then help our nation continue to operate effectively,” said retired Gen., Raymond E. Johns, NCMAS Commissioner. “We want our service members to feel safe and secure in what they’re doing.”

The commissioner’s goal is to survey past problems and then make recommendations on how the military can improve mission readiness. The commission has made over 70 stops to different sites across the Department of Defense, surveying Aircraft mishaps from 2013 to 2018, and listening to concerns from service members. These findings will be presented to the President, Congress and Department of Defense in 2020.

“You have the Guard and the active duty here on Hickam, plus a series of aircraft,” said Johns. “You want to look at all aspects of aviation safety. You have to assess the resources, the people, the equipment, the training, and then the mission. It all has to come together in harmony.”

Change won’t happen overnight, but the commissioners hope to provide leaders with information that can better their work environments for the long-run, so mishaps can be diminished overall.

“Right now we’re collecting all these pieces in the hopes that the whole system gets better,” Johns said. “We hope to allow everyone to feel more appreciated and valued, and we never want them to feel like they have to compromise their safety.”

Anyone can send the NCMAS concerns relating to aviation safety by visiting www.militaryaviationsafety.gov. Emails and phone calls are welcomed and completely anonymous when submitted.  

National Aviation Safety Commissioners Visit Hickam

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety listens to concerns from Total Force Integration Senior non-commissioned officers and Pacific Air Forces Safety members at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS is assessing various aspects of aviation safety, including leadership, equipment, and training. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety listens to concerns from Total Force Integration Senior non-commissioned officers and Pacific Air Forces Safety members at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS is assessing various aspects of aviation safety, including leadership, equipment, and training. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety listens to concerns from Total Force Integration Squadron Commanders at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS have visited over 70 different sites to try and reduce the number of aircraft mishaps in military aviation. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety listens to concerns from Total Force Integration Squadron Commanders at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS have visited over 70 different sites to try and reduce the number of aircraft mishaps in military aviation. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety greets Total Force Integration Squadron Commanders at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS was put together by Congress to assess military installations and report back with findings on how to increase safety and mission readiness. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety greets Total Force Integration Squadron Commanders at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The NCMAS was put together by Congress to assess military installations and report back with findings on how to increase safety and mission readiness. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

Retired Gen. Raymond E. Johns, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety Commissioner, speaks with Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing Commander, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The group spoke with senior and junior Airmen to learn more about military aviation safety in order to address previous mishaps across the Department of Defense. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

Retired Gen. Raymond E. Johns, National Commission on Military Aviation Safety Commissioner, speaks with Col. Halsey Burks, 15th Wing Commander, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The group spoke with senior and junior Airmen to learn more about military aviation safety in order to address previous mishaps across the Department of Defense. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation view Hangar 21 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The intention of the NCMAS is to be able to make recommendations on safety, training, maintenance and personnel in the military to Congress. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

The National Commission on Military Aviation view Hangar 21 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2019. The intention of the NCMAS is to be able to make recommendations on safety, training, maintenance and personnel in the military to Congress. The visit to Hickam was significant due to the active duty and guard Total Force Integration of Hickam Airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erin Baxter)

Members of the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety (NCMAS) take a tour of the F-22 Raptor facility Nov. 1, 2019, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The purpose of NCMAS is to examine past mishaps and make recommendations to the President, Congress and ultimately the Defense Department on ways to improve aviation safety and readiness in the military. As part of their review, members of NCMAS conducted site visits of various flight facilities and operations located on Oahu island. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado)

Members of the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety (NCMAS) take a tour of the F-22 Raptor facility Nov. 1, 2019, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The purpose of NCMAS is to examine past mishaps and make recommendations to the President, Congress and ultimately the Defense Department on ways to improve aviation safety and readiness in the military. As part of their review, members of NCMAS conducted site visits of various flight facilities and operations located on Oahu island. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado)

Members of the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety (NCMAS) take a tour of the F-22 Raptor facility Nov. 1, 2019, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The purpose of NCMAS is to examine past mishaps and make recommendations to the President, Congress and ultimately the Defense Department on ways to improve aviation safety and readiness in the military. As part of their review, members of NCMAS conducted site visits of various flight facilities and operations located on Oahu island. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado)

Members of the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety (NCMAS) take a tour of the F-22 Raptor facility Nov. 1, 2019, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The purpose of NCMAS is to examine past mishaps and make recommendations to the President, Congress and ultimately the Defense Department on ways to improve aviation safety and readiness in the military. As part of their review, members of NCMAS conducted site visits of various flight facilities and operations located on Oahu island. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Alison Bruce-Maldonado)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

The National Commission on Military Aviation Safety visited the 15th and 154th wings here on Nov. 1, 2019, to speak with leaders as well as Airmen who make the mission happen. The commission is a team of professionals that have joined forces to help assess, identify, and solve issues surrounding military aviation.

Hickam Airfield was one stop of many and is a critical location due to some of the vital operations the installation is a part of.

“Hickam Field is a great location for the commission because we’re a joint base,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Hood, 15th Wing Chief of Safety. “We also have a joint airfield with the international airport, Total Force Integration with the Hawaii International Guard, and we have a very diverse mission set.”

The base is a major center for disaster relief operations across the Indo-Pacific, is home to the F-22 fighter squadron, and also provides airlift support to Pacific Air Forces commanders. According to the 15th Wing Operation Support Squadron, approximately 20,000 aircraft arrivals and departures occur at Hickam’s joint airfield per year. With the amount of potential air time, aviation safety is a major concern.

“I’m thankful that I get to continue to contribute and take the knowledge we’ve learned, and then help our nation continue to operate effectively,” said retired Gen., Raymond E. Johns, NCMAS Commissioner. “We want our service members to feel safe and secure in what they’re doing.”

The commissioner’s goal is to survey past problems and then make recommendations on how the military can improve mission readiness. The commission has made over 70 stops to different sites across the Department of Defense, surveying Aircraft mishaps from 2013 to 2018, and listening to concerns from service members. These findings will be presented to the President, Congress and Department of Defense in 2020.

“You have the Guard and the active duty here on Hickam, plus a series of aircraft,” said Johns. “You want to look at all aspects of aviation safety. You have to assess the resources, the people, the equipment, the training, and then the mission. It all has to come together in harmony.”

Change won’t happen overnight, but the commissioners hope to provide leaders with information that can better their work environments for the long-run, so mishaps can be diminished overall.

“Right now we’re collecting all these pieces in the hopes that the whole system gets better,” Johns said. “We hope to allow everyone to feel more appreciated and valued, and we never want them to feel like they have to compromise their safety.”

Anyone can send the NCMAS concerns relating to aviation safety by visiting www.militaryaviationsafety.gov. Emails and phone calls are welcomed and completely anonymous when submitted.