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Pathfinders host USAFE/AFAFRICA dangerous goods program conference

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Aaron H. Thomasson
  • 501CSW/PA

RAF ALCONBURY, England – Professionals in the storage and movement of dangerous goods recently came to RAF Alconbury for their annual conference. The conference, which was hosted by Mr. Richard Stephen, the 501st Combat Support Wing Dangerous Goods program manager, provided an opportunity for participants to develop their knowledge of the latest updates in both civilian and military standards in the industry.

Dangerous goods regulations provide guidance on the storage and movement of explosives, compressed gases, fuels (including aviation fuel), toxic and infections substances, oxidizers and corrosives. Because of the broad geographic footprint of bases and facilities in U.S. Air Forces Europe, dangerous goods professionals require a firm understanding of the regulations governing movement by air in both commercial and military aircraft, sea transport, and shipping by road.

“The regulations can be intimidating to newcomers,” said Stephen, “but thanks to workshops like this, help is never far away.”

In USAFE, dangerous goods professionals adhere to European regulations.