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Members of the 730th Air Mobility Squadron unload cargo from an aircraft. The unit was recently was recognized for its safety efforts, receiving two awards — the U.S. Air Force Ground Safety Plaque and the National Safety Council President’s Citation.

Members of the 730th Air Mobility Squadron unload cargo from an aircraft. The unit was recently was recognized for its safety efforts, receiving two awards — the U.S. Air Force Ground Safety Plaque and the National Safety Council President’s Citation. (Bryce S. Dubee / S&S)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Air Force safety specialists stress maintaining an accident-free and injury-free environment, especially on a busy flight line where cargo, personnel and aircraft come together every day.

The 730th Air Mobility Squadron at Yokota recently was recognized for its safety efforts, receiving two awards — the U.S. Air Force Ground Safety Plaque and the National Safety Council President’s Citation.

“These awards mean that [everyone] is doing their job by the book,” said Master Sgt. Aubrey L. Posey Jr., the squadron safety superintendent, who stressed that safety is the unit’s top priority.

“We’d rather delay a mission because of a safety concern than tear flesh or bend metal,” he said.

The 730th was one of only six Air Mobility Command units to receive the Air Force-level plaque for ground safety for fiscal 2007, he said.

After contacting previous 730th safety superintendents, Posey said, he found out that this is the first time in at least 11 years that the 730th has won a safety award at the Air Force level.

“Our ground safety program was just selected as one of the best in the Air Force. That’s huge,” 730th commander Col. Mark A. Baker said in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes. He said the unit achieved the goal by focusing on three factors — teamwork, leadership and growth.

Some of the 730th’s achievements listed on its award packet include receiving an excellent rating during the Logistics Standardization and Evaluation Program inspection and operating 1,458 days without an on-duty reportable mishap.

Posey said the unit still hasn’t had an on-duty reportable mishap and has extended its streak to 1,891 days as of Friday.

Posey said the awards are a reflection of the hard work of the unit’s airmen and that such awards help build unit morale.

“I basically took the things that they do on a daily basis, put it into an awards packet and submitted it,” he said.

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