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NEWS | May 25, 2023

101 Critical Days of Summer: Air Force leaders send safety and health message

Department of the Air Force

Airmen and Guardians,

The 101 Critical Days of Summer safety campaign begins on Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. Historically, this period presents the greatest risk of mishaps and injuries to our Airmen and Guardians. This year we want to emphasize everyone use sound decision making and personal risk management during all your summer activities.

The Department of the Air Force lost 12 members to preventable mishaps during this period last year. The leading cause of fatalities continues to be motor vehicle accidents.  Reckless driving, fatigue, alcohol, and poor decisions continue to be common themes in these needless tragedies.

One member lost to a preventable accident is too many. We encourage each of you to commit to a safe summer, use proper risk management, and make good decisions during these critical days.

Our Airmen, Guardians, civilians, and families are our most valuable asset. Take care of yourselves, each other, and enjoy your summer activities with family and friends.  We are depending on everyone to, "See Something, Do Something ... Live to be Lethal!"

Thank you for your continued service and all that you do for the Department of the Air Force and our Nation.

Frank Kendall
Secretary of the Air Force

Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr.
Chief of Staff of the Air Force

USSF Gen. B. Chance Saltzman  
Chief of Space Operations