Staying safe throughout summer

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  • By Airman Edgar Grimaldo
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

With summer heating up and COVID-19 restrictions loosening, the 86th Airlift Wing reminds Airmen and families to stay safe and vigilant while enjoying the season.

Tech. Sgt. Edgar Sanchez, 86 AW safety NCOIC of inspections and assessments, reports that for the past five years the Air Force loses an average of 1,300 Airmen to injuries and mishaps throughout the summer.

“Summer is a perfect opportunity to go hiking, camping, kayaking and rock climbing,” said Sanchez. “With that in mind, Airmen are reminded to wear protective gear, stay hydrated and understand the proper skill level before attempting an activity.”

Airmen are also encouraged to wear sunscreen, shades, lightweight clothing and avoid high intensity activities on especially hot days.
“I’m not telling Airmen not to do anything because they’ll get hurt,” said Sanchez. “I'm just telling them to be smart, aware of their skill level and do their research before embarking on an activity.”

Preparation is also important for those who wish to travel during the summer. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a resource available to all U.S. citizens and allows Airmen to travel safely, stay informed and remain connected.

According to the Department of State website, enrolling in the program can provide important information about dangerous conditions affecting your overseas travel or residence.

Lastly, the Bureau of Consular Affairs would like to remind Airmen that road conditions, laws and driving norms in other countries can be very different from those in the United States. Make sure to plan your route and have a current International Driver’s License if driving outside of Germany. And, remember to buckle up, no matter where you are.