Air Force Times: command-wide stand-down Friday


Richard Moore

Yes, there is a stand-down Friday (today), but it only includes "training 
flights and many other operations", not all air defenses.


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ACC orders commandwide standdown Friday

By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Sep 10, 2007 17:38:42 EDT

On Sept. 14, flight lines will be very quiet at Air Combat Command bases.

The entire command ‹ about 100,000 active-duty airmen ‹ is standing down 
training flights and many other operations as part of a command-wide safety day.

Command boss Gen. Ronald Keys ordered the Sept. 14 safety standdown in the wake 
of the Aug. 30 nuclear incident at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., in which six 
cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads were loaded onto a B-52H and then 
flown to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., without anyone on the ground or bomber 
realizing the nuclear weapons were on the plane. It was not until the B-52H was 
parked at Barksdale that ground crews discovered the cruise missiles were 
carrying real warheads.

Command spokesman Maj. Tom Crosson said wing commanders would determine how 
their units review operations and safety procedures and checklists.

Just how serious Keys takes the lapse of regulations at Minot is reflected in 
the fact that the safety stand-down is the first commandwide safety day in 
recent memory. In the past, the command has singled out specific types of 
aircraft for safety days and in 1997 the Department of Defense held a 
departmentwide safety review day.

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