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Offutt to host safety day

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Nora Panter, age 2, daughter of Holly Panter and Maj Jake  Panter, 55th Wing, receives a sticker from a crash test dummy, while her mother looks on during a safety fair at the Offutt Fire House May 21. Safety fair patrons enjoyed numerous activities including a seat-belt simulator and a motorcycle-show-and-shine. The safety fair was part of Offutt's annual Safety Day, which focuses on reminding all Airmen to practice safety on a daily basis. U.S. Air Force Photo by Jeff W. Gates

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- Nora Panter, age 2, daughter of Holly Panter and Maj. Jake Panter, 55th Wing, receives a sticker from a crash test dummy, while her mother looks on during a safety fair at the Offutt Fire House May 21. Safety fair patrons enjoyed numerous activities including a seat-belt simulator and a motorcycle-show-and-shine. The safety fair was part of Offutt's annual Safety Day, which focuses on reminding all Airmen to practice safety on a daily basis. Offutt's 2010 Safety Day is set for May 27. U.S. Air Force Photo by Jeff W. Gates

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- The Air Force's 101 Critical Days of Summer is rapidly approaching. It's an exciting time of year filled with fun, traveling, recreation and plenty of outdoor activities.

Whether you're mowing the lawn, enjoying a day at the base lake, or white water rafting on the Colorado River, the 55th Wing Safety Office reminds all Airmen to remain vigilant, use keen judgment, intuition and personal risk management as danger lurks around every corner.

Every year the Air Force experiences a spike in mishaps during the 101 Critical Days of Summer--Memorial Day through Labor Day. These mishaps frequently consist of severe injuries and fatalities that are absolutely unnecessary and are almost always preventable somehow, some way. If the right decisions are made, the appropriate precautions taken, and the right safety equipment used, we can all do our part to ensure we stay safe.

One way that the Air Force helps raise safety awareness during this time of year is to hold base-wide Safety Day events. Offutt has such an event every year sponsored by the 55th Wing commander and the 55th Wing Safety Office.

Offutt's 2010 Safety Day, set for May 27, promises to be very exciting as comedian Bernie McGrenahan, from the "Happy Hour" comedy tour will perform two shows at the Air Force Weather Agency auditorium. The shows are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Mr. McGrenahan's special style of comedy consists of a powerful and inspirational message and, according to the L.A. Daily News; he's the most important comedian in the country today.

In addition to the entertainment, the 55th Civil Engineering Squadron will host a burger burn at the Offutt firehouse at 10 a.m. During the burger burn, food and beverages will be available for a nominal fee, as well as numerous free activities and fun for the whole family including a motorcycle show and shine presented by the Offutt Riders Association.

For more information about safety day events, call the 55th Wing Safety Office at 294-6357.