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We aviators sometimes allow set procedures and protocol to lead us down paths where we’d rather not go. One has to keep in the back of their mind that following an established procedure may not be prudent 100 percent of the time. 
Self Storage
While in Afghanistan on my fourth deployment, I was stationed at Forward Operating Base Findlay-Shields, which was one of the safest locations I’d been over the past 10 years. The FOB was just across the street from Jalalabad, and nothing much happened there during my entire stay — except for that one day.
  • 1 August 2014
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Scratching the Surface
It was 3 a.m. on a Sunday when I received a call from the brigade staff duty NCO. As a company first sergeant, you dread the middle-of-the-night phone call because the news is never good. 
  • 1 August 2014
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Who Am I to Say Anything?
Back in flight school, they told us it would happen. They also said it would likely occur right away, before we had a chance to settle in to our new careers.
  • 1 July 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
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Play it SAFE
As Soldiers in Aviation, we are tasked to operate many pieces of equipment. We are taught how to assess risk and mitigate it. However, dozens of Soldiers are killed every year operating a common piece of equipment — their private motor vehicle. 
  • 1 July 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 10340
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Risk vs. Reward
Sometimes, you have to use common sense when you see something that is not right. Remember, as a pilot in command of an aircraft, you have to determine the risk versus reward in everything you decide to do. Although it might be legal, is it smart?
  • 1 July 2014
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 11451
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