Weapons course ensures Airmen avoid mishaps, remain safe
By Airman 1st Class Taylor Walker, 124th Fighter Wing
/ Published September 11, 2018
GOWEN FIELD, Idaho --
Nearly 30 safety professionals from the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve attended the Air Reserve Component Weapons Safety Management Training here Sept. 10-14.
The required course included classroom instruction and field trips focused on the components necessary for safety managers to confidently execute explosive and weapons safety training in their respective areas.
Topics covered during the training ranged from small arms ammunition to nuclear equipment in shops such as security forces, munitions, aircrew flight equipment and more.
“The main reason why this course is important is because if you’re charged with managing an explosive safety program and you have no idea what you’re doing, we’re all in a lot of trouble,” said Senior Master Sgt. Brian L. Hobbs, weapons safety manager for the 124th Fighter Wing.
As an instructor for the course, Hobbs said his primary goal is to ensure attendees have all the tools necessary to run a successful explosive safety program.
“We want to give folks a basic overview so that the people who are working with explosives understand the hazards,” said Hobbs. “They need to know what they’re exposed to, what to do in the event of an emergency and how to train their personnel.”
Hobbs, a former member of munitions, has over 16 years of weapons safety experience. He said the weapons safety career field typically has fewer mishaps due to the quality of training.
“Better education leads to fewer mishaps in the Air Force, “ said Hobbs. “Ultimately, our goals is for everyone to go home safely to their families.”
Hobbs taught the course alongside four other instructors: Senior Master Sgt. Chris Dorsten, National Guard Bureau weapons safety manager, Mr. Darry Ford, the NGB division chief, and Mr. Sid Guidry and Mr. James Johnson from Air Force Reserve Command safety headquarters.