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PACAF and partner nations work towards safer skies

Koku-Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) Lt. Col. Ryouhei Nakashima (left) and U.S. Air Force Col. Tim Cullen, Pacific Air Forces director of safety, work together during a group activity as part of the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Koku-Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) Lt. Col. Ryouhei Nakashima (left) and U.S. Air Force Col. Tim Cullen, Pacific Air Forces director of safety, work together during a group activity as part of the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric Johnston (left), Royal Australian air force Maj. David Wade (center) and Royal Canadian air force Col. John Alexander (right) socialize during the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric Johnston (left), Royal Australian air force Maj. David Wade (center) and Royal Canadian air force Col. John Alexander (right) socialize during the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) Lt. Col. Ryouhei Nakashima (left) and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Roberts, Chief Aviation Management Branch, PACAF Human Factors (right) socialize during the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise  solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) Lt. Col. Ryouhei Nakashima (left) and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Roberts, Chief Aviation Management Branch, PACAF Human Factors (right) socialize during the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Darron Haughn, Chief of Aviation Safety, Air Force Space Command, gives a presentation about resource and risk management at the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Darron Haughn, Chief of Aviation Safety, Air Force Space Command, gives a presentation about resource and risk management at the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Brian M. Killough, Chief of Staff, Pacific Air Forces, provides opening remarks for the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Brian M. Killough, Chief of Staff, Pacific Air Forces, provides opening remarks for the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Chilean air force Maj. Boris Gonzalez (left) and Chilean air force Col. Sergio Figueroa (right) take notes during the resource and risk management presentation of the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Chilean air force Maj. Boris Gonzalez (left) and Chilean air force Col. Sergio Figueroa (right) take notes during the resource and risk management presentation of the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Attendees of the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) pose for a photo together in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

Attendees of the Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS) pose for a photo together in Honolulu, Hawaii, Aug. 14, 2018. APASS allows partner nations in the Indo-Pacific to discuss aviation safety practices and devise solutions to challenges faced by the various air forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Robles)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii --

U.S. Air force representatives and partner nations around the Indo-Pacific met in Honolulu, Hawaii, for this year’s Asia-Pacific Aviation Safety Subject Matter Expert Exchange (APASS), hosted by Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), Aug. 14-17.

The four-day safety exchange provided a forum to discuss aviation safety and risk management procedures used by partner nation air forces.

“The sons and daughters of our nations are entrusted to us as leaders and as safety experts,” said Maj. Gen. Brian M. Killough, PACAF chief of staff. “Coming together as a group to share these safety exchanges really does make a difference. One person saved is a lifetime of accomplishments.”

The participants began the exchange by listening to guest speakers about resource and risk management. Each nation also had the opportunity to present their aviation safety views and practices.

“We view this event as very important for engaging with our safety partners throughout the Indo-Pacific region” said Royal Australian Air Force Wing Commander Sam Barnes. “No one has all the answers. Diversity of thought is a critical piece in achieving the safety outcomes that we all strive for.”

Although the air forces vary in size and structure, they share a common goal of making aviation as safe as possible. The exchange of ideas and information between nations in the Indo-Pacific region allows for stronger partnerships and more robust safety programs for all.

“One of the mantra’s we have here in the PACAF Safety office is that it’s not no risk, it’s knowing risk” said Col. Tim Cullen, PACAF director of safety. “As our systems become more complex there may be less incidents but the ones we do have can be catastrophic. Ultimately, our goal is to have zero mishaps.”

Other nations expressed interest in hosting future exchanges to allow for a continued prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.

The event ended with a cultural tour and enthusiasm for meeting again for APASS in 2019.