Cannon rewarded for safety record

Freedom Newspapers

Cannon Air Force Base rose to the top of the Air Force in four award categories for the 2006 Air Force Safety Awards.

Recognized for having the best flight safety program, Cannon received the Colombian Trophy last week. The award acknowledges the group with the lowest mishap rate, according to Cannon Public Affairs.

It is the fourth time since 2000 Cannon has won the award, an unprecedented achievement according to Lt. Col. Ancel Yarbrough, 27th Fighter Wing safety chief.
Master Sgt. Edward Story, director of the 27th Fighter Wing’s Weapon’s Safety Program, was selected to receive the Explosive Safety Outstanding Achievement Award.

Story is responsible for overseeing the safety of 19 squadrons, explosives, 20 facilities and 60 F-16s valued at over $2 billion, base officials said.

Cannon was also awarded the Missile Safety Plaque and the Explosives Safety Plaque recognizing overall accomplishments toward safety in those categories.

In addition, Cannon earned nine of 17 safety awards for Air Combat Command.

• Flight Safety Special Achievement Award

• Explosive Safety Outstanding Achievement Award, Master Sgt. Edward Story, 27th Fighter Wing Safety Office

• Flight Safety Award

• Missile Safety Award

• Explosives Safety Award

• Wing Safety Program of the Year

• Wing Chief of Safety of the Year, Lt. Col. Ancel Yarbrough, 27th Fighter Wing Safety Office

• Flight Safety Officer of the Year, Capt. Ronald Crabtree, 27th Fighter Wing Safety Office

• Traffic Safety Special Achievement Award