180FW Hosts BASH Team Visit
Lt. Col. Scott Schaupeter, director of flying and ground safety at the 180th Fighter Wing, and members of the Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard team, Sarah Brammell, Amy Reed and Caleb Wellman, listen as 180FW Safety Superintendent, Senior Master Sgt. Joe Carter, discusses potential wildlife hazards caused by the protected wetlands located on the airfield. Wildlife-related incidents were documented as the leading cause of F-16 fighter jet mishaps in the first quarter of 2017. In an effort to mitigate impact to the mission and maximize the safety of pilots, aircraft and the abundant local-area wildlife, the 180FW, Ohio Air National Guard, hosted a Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard team visit, April 13, 2017, to assess potential bird and other wildlife hazards located on and around the airfield at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio. Ohio. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker.