I remember seeing an Airman about to break a safety rule. He was clearly caught up in the moment and forgot to grab his PPE and I am willing to bet it was not intentional. So, I reminded him to go grab the PPE. It was for his own safety and it was to help him not get in trouble if caught by a safety rep. His response was an attitude and he forced me into SNCO mode. What could have been a simple, “oops, thanks” turned into him explaining why he was disrespectful and why he decided to break a rule to his supervisor. And there are hundreds of times the same scenario turned out the other way with the quick “oops, thanks” response and everyone moved on with life. When things happen, we need to respond appropriately.

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