Mission: Provide comprehensive flight safety management to the Air Force and acquisition community through a safety management system using risk mitigation and analysis.

Aviation Safety ​is required for each unit conducting or supporting flight operations, to include small unmanned aircraft systems operations. There are several programs that fall under the SEF's responsibility. These are:

  • Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) activities
  • Hazardous Air Traffic Reporting (HATR) Program
  • High Accident Potentials (HAPs)
  • Midair Collision Avoidance (MACA) Program
  • Awards Program recognition
  • Data-centric Proactive Safety Programs


Mission: Provides strategic guidance and practical implementation of test safety for Program Offices executing test and evaluation, developmental and operational, under the Alternate Lead Developmental Test Organization construct.  Ensures Program Offices with Prime Contractor executing T&E conform to, and execute in accordance with, current Air Force directives, guidance, and policy. Integrates System Safety hazard assessments with test operational execution to provide the testing organization independent and objective governmental safety review of the test program and plan.

Independent government technical, environment, and safety personnel examine the technical, environment, and safety aspects of T&E plans that involve government resources prior to commencement of test activities. 


Mission: Provide superior Occupational Safety while protecting Air Force personnel from death, injuries or occupational illnesses by managing risk on- and off-duty. 

Occupational Ground Safety is responsible for helping keep AFLCMC employees and those that use our products safe. Primary areas of responsibility include:

  • Workplace hazards
  • Occupational Safety
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Support
  • On-base sports
  • Motorcycle Safety Program
  • Review Civil Engineering activities​
  • AF Supervisor Safety Training (SST)
  • Unit Safety Representative (USR) Program
  • Hazard Identification and Abatement


Mission: Provide world-class weapons safety expertise to the US Air Force and Defense Contractors supporting the war fighter and the acquisition community.

The Weapons Safety program comprises four disciplines:

  • Explosives Safety
  • Missile Safety
  • Nuclear Surety
  • Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) Safety​



Mission: Ensure effective safety hazard and risk management in acquisition programs by building, delivering, and sustaining the system safety engineering and management disciplines; enhancing operational suitability, safety and effectiveness while reducing mishaps, thus promoting success of the USAF mission with lowest possible safety risk.

The application of engineering and management principles, criteria, and techniques to achieve acceptable risk within the constraints of operational effectiveness and suitability, time and cost throughout all phases of the system life-cycle.



Colonel Dustin R. Ireland is the Chief of Safety for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.  He leads an all-encompassing safety program that includes ground, flight and operations safety for more than 26,000 personnel at more than 60 operating locations.  

Colonel Ireland was born in Sanford, Maine and received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 2001 while earning a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He completed undergraduate pilot training at Sheppard AFB, TX, is a command pilot with more than 2,000 flying hours in the A-10 and has experience flying combat sorties in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

As a former Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow, Colonel Ireland was assigned to Pratt & Whitney’s Military Engines business unit in Hartford, Connecticut. Previous to that, Colonel Ireland Commanded the 23d Operational Support Squadron, Moody AFB, GA, served as an Instructor for the Joint Targeting School, Dam Neck Annex, Virginia and instructed at the USAF Weapons School. 

Prior to his current assignment, he was the Program Manager for the KC-46 Remote Vision System. 


MISSION: Execute the AFLCMC Commander's Mishap Prevention Program. Protect Air Force personnel from death, injuries or occupational illnesses by managing risk on and off duty. Rapidly, develop, acquire, modernize, and sustain the world's best aerospace systems through safety management system practices.



Safety Directorate
Commercial Phone: 937-255-3239
Email: aflcmc.se@us.af.mil