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CMC Safety Division

Promoting Safety Awareness One Marine at a Time

The goal of the Marine Corps Safety Program is to establish and maintain a safety culture throughout the Marine Corps that preserves all resources through risk management, reinforces on- and off-duty safe behavior, and results in an enhanced state of combat readiness.

The Aviation Safety Management System provides a proactive means for identifying and mitigating the threats to safe and successful completion of MAGTF air missions, with the ultimate goal of saving lives, avoiding injuries, and preserving assets by predicting and preventing aviation mishaps.



Aviation Safety Principles

The best way to predict the future is to shape it. Safety is not just a priority -- it is a CORE VALUE. Priorities change over time; core values do not. Creating a strong safety culture requires a collective commitment by leaders at every level to interweave safety throughout all phases of operations thus enabling mission accomplishment while identifying and mitigating risk, and ensuring the safety of personnel and material assets. We need strong leaders -- who demand and demonstrate an active and constant commitment to safety and airworthiness. A focus on the fundamentals of safety during planning, flight, and maintenance evolutions is a critical aspect of force preservation. A culture that promotes safe and smart practices must be a part of our lifestyle; whether deliberate or sub-conscious, it should permeate everything we do.


  • Managing risk requires the commitment and buy-in of all personnel to be truly successful.
  • Safety MUST NOT be compromised for expediency or convenience; it must be ingrained to accomplish the mission.
  • Every Marine and Sailor within a Command is empowered to resolve safety issues.
  • Identify hazards and take actions to correct them. If it is outside of your level of control, notify your chain of command.
  • Aggressively challenge the actions of others if unsafe conditions become apparent.
  • You are a United States Marine - live, work, and fly to that standard.
Reporting Airborne Laser Incidents

Aircraft lasing incidents are becoming increasingly common, with a significant number of HAZREPs indicating such occurrences since May 1, 2013. If Marine aviators experience airborne laser incidents, they are encouraged to refer to and execute the following reporting information.

  1. Report the laser incident to Air Traffic Control.
  2. Submit a laser incident report to the FAA at: http://faa.gov/aircraft/safety/report/laserinfo/

(FAA Advisory Circular 70-2A Reporting of Laser Illumination of Aircraft February 8, 2013)

3.  If laser energy entered the eye or was suspected to enter the eye, seek medical attention from an ophthalmologist or optometrist as soon as practical. If no ophthalmologist or optometrist is available, contact your local flight surgeon or senior medical representative for further triage and disposition. For immediate expert advice on laser exposure/incidents, you may contact the Tri-Service Laser Injury Hotline at 1-800-473-3549).

4.  File appropriate report (HAZREP or SIR) per OPNAVINST 3750.6S Aviation Safety Program.

5.  Notify BUMED by emailing a copy of the report to ALA@navylasersafety.com or contact by phone at 703-681-9276 DSN 761 (IAW OPNAVINST 5100.27B/MCO 5104.1C).

6.  Complete the Laser Incident/Injury Accident Report form online on the Human Performance Wing Support system (HPWS) ESOH Service Center at https://hpws.afrl.af.mil/dhp/OE/ESOHSC/laserinjury/. Registration onto the HPWS System will be required. Once registered, a link will take you directly to the Laser Incident/Injury Accident Report Form.

Aviation Branch POCs
Branch Head 703-604-4367
Fixed Wing ASO 703-604-4149
Rotary Wing ASO 703-604-4221
Aeromedical Safety Officer 703-604-4168
Radiation Health Officer 703-604-4122
Aviation Culture Workshop 703-604-4367/4221
Flight Hour Awards 703-604-4463/4386