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ASSE Develops New Military Branch of the International Practice Specialty

Posted in on Tue, May 18, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (May 18, 2010) — As the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) continues to grow on a global scale, new opportunities for member networking are constantly emerging. In response to increasing demand from membership, ASSE has created a Military Branch under its International Practice Specialty (IPS).

The new military branch of the IPS provides networking opportunities for active duty, reserve and National Guard members, as well as civil service counterparts, who work in the occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field. Military personnel are exposed to safety risks and issues that are not generally encountered outside military service, specifically risks and loss exposures, which demonstrates a distinct need for this practice specialty. Members of the new Military Branch of the IPS will be able to network with other military safety professionals, identify opportunities for operational activities and provide a forum for open discussion about the unique safety issues present in military service.

Christopher M. Gates, Chief Master Sergeant (CMSgt), United States Air Force (USAF, Retired), is the interim coordinator for the branch. With over 25 years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, 18 of which were spent in the ground safety arena, Gates has had extensive experience working in safety offices, as well as the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center, before retiring in 1990. As the IPS administrator, Jack Fearing, Certified Professional Environmental, Health and Safety Auditor (CPEA), assists Gates. Fearing is a retired U.S. Army LTC, a senior Army Aviator and an Aviation Safety Officer. Fearing’s last active duty assignment was at the U.S. Army Safety Office at the Pentagon during Operation Desert Storm.

The IPS covers thousands of topics pertaining to the occupational safety and health field with a global focus. The IPS publishes a tri-annual newsletter that includes timely articles on issues affecting international SH&E professionals and includes insightful editorial commentary from the administrator. For more information about the IPS, please visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to

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