By Ms. Cherish Washington (AMC)January 15, 2010
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - The System Safety Policy Action Committee conducted its regular meeting at the U.S. Army Missile and Aviation Life Cycle Management Command Safety Office here, Jan. 12-13.
"If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, communicates with it or eats it, AMC provides it and we make sure you do it safely," said Ken Rose, outgoing chairman, AMCOM safety office.
This committee began meeting approximately 30 years ago and has endured through several name changes. The committee offers an opportunity for stakeholders to come together in addressing policy, problems and the path forward for AMC and the Army [in system safety], said Bill Pottratz, chief, Missile System Division of the AMCOM safety office.
System safety includes health, testing, training, equipment and personnel. This includes a lot of constant moving pieces, which affects everything our warfighters touch.
"We enable combat readiness," said William Edmonds, senior safety engineer for AMC. "It\'s more than just AMC because our business is materiel enterprise focused."
Organizations routinely participating include: U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command and Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology.
John Manfre, safety director, AMC, addressed the group with apparent gratitude.
"Safety is looking up," said Manfre. "What you're doing not only affects what AMC is doing but what the Army is doing."
Before concluding the committee meeting Manfre presented Rose an award of appreciation for his two years of service as chairman for the SYSPAC.
He lead the re-invigoration of this body, SYSPAC, from 2005-2007, Manfre said.
"System safety is risk management and our job is to enable senior leaders to make informed decisions about managing risk...it's all about the safety of our Soldiers," said Fernando Mancini, incoming SYSPAC chairman.
Current actions of the SYSPAC include: integrating safety requirements in Joint Capabilities Integration Development System documents; development of safety engineers through career program 12; updating Army regulatory direction and integrating weapon system safety reviews in a joint environment.
For questions contact: William Edmonds, senior safety engineer, AMC, (256) 450-9082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.