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Kick off the spring with a FOD walk.

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd
  • 107th Airlift Wing
Spring at Niagara Falls Reserve Station means a (FOD) Foreign Object Damage walk since winters make it difficult to do a full check of the flight line. Every Monday, the FOD walk is conducted by airmen lining up and walking the full length of the flight line.

"We monitor FOD awareness daily in maintenance" said Master Sgt. David Cirino, 914th Quality Assurance and Wing FOD monitor. "It's hard to do a full FOD walk in the winter"

The airmen remove anything that may cause damage to an aircraft; Screws, pens, tools or any possible hazard. FOD causes millions of dollars in damage and can harm personnel if not removed from the flight line.

"It's was awesome to help with the task" said Airman 1st Class Jesse Craig, 107th Knowledge Operations Management. Airman Craig just arrived back from technical school and is assigned to the Maintenance Group.

Maintenance and aircrew are not the only ones who need to be aware of FOD. Everyone is responsible for picking up tools, parts or items when working on or near the flight line.

Remember, a few minutes policing your area, maintaining accountability/control of your tools and concentrating on FOD walks can save hours, money, and ensure mission success.