DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The 7th Bomb Wing is in a constant battle to eliminate foreign object debris from the flight line, and is winning, with more than 975 consecutive days of FOD-free incidents.

“This is a very significant milestone,” said Master Sgt. Jonathan Smith, 7th Bomb Wing FOD manager. “This is the first time this has ever happened here; the B-1 has had a history of FOD issues.”

Examples of FOD are aircraft parts, rocks, broken pavement, ramp equipment, tools, bolts and vehicle parts. The effects of FOD not only affect aircraft, it also affects personnel, vehicles and the Air Force budget.

“Keeping the flight line clear of FOD is a total team effort,” Smith said. “Things we do to minimize FOD are monthly base-wide FOD walks, handing out awards, such as “FOD Fighter of the Month,” using the FOD BOSS, Sweeper, FOD check points and the FOD Finder Radar Truck.”

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