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New safety chief plans for ORI success

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Safety is an important part of Vandenberg's mission, whether it's launching rockets and missiles or mobilizing for deployment.

Lt. Col. Craig Bomberg, 30th Space Wing chief of safety, recently assumed command and began preparing for a whole new world of safety as well as Vandenberg's upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection.

"We are all very busy with ORI preparation and this is when thinking and acting safely seems to get pushed to the side," said Colonel Bomberg. "It is also the time when we need it the most because accidents and injuries threaten the mission and our people. We need to plan ahead to safely meet our mission and ORI requirements."

Following the theme of planning ahead, the new 30th Space Wing chief of safety believes safety begins with the individual.

"We need to plan for success ... Think about what needs to be done and how best to accomplish it," he said. "Our ORI score is a reflection of every individual's effort."

Even though each squadron has a safety monitor, the new chief of safety here believes safety should be each person's goal.

"We primarily share information through the safety representative in every unit, but safety is everybody's responsibility and the unit safety representatives are the key to the process working correctly," Colonel Bomberg said. "We are all minor players in creating a safe work environment."

With Vandenberg stepping up to the plate as one of the Air Force's premiere launch points for space operations, Colonel Bomberg brings almost 19 years of experience and a positive attitude to base safety.

"Vandenberg has a great mission and there are great people here," Colonel Bomberg said. "Safety is a big part of the mission on base. The mission is extremely hazardous and there are more risks in the launch business, which makes safety of the utmost importance. I am excited to be here to help do our mission safely."