Accident Investigation Training

One task of the Army National Guard (ARNG) is to meet the Secretary of Defense’s challenge of reducing preventable mishaps. The MSAG Team uses an established ARNG accident investigation training curriculum that is modified to fit specific audience needs, and uses relevant scenarios to fit specific hands-on exercises.

Army National Guard Accident Investigation and Analysis Course

Additional Duty Safety Officer (ADSO)

The ADSO course provides newly appointed safety officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) with the tools necessary to accomplish the requirements of an Army Safety Program as outlined by AR 385-10, NG Supplement to AR 385-10, and state-specific guidelines. The ADSO course teaches students how to conduct facility safety inspections, job hazard analysis, shop safety program management, tactical safety, accident/incident investigation, reporting, hazards management process, and much more.

The MSAG Team uses an established Army ADSO curriculum, modified to fit specific audience needs combined with relevant scenarios and specifically tailored practical exercises. We developed these instructor-led training courses around the ARNG’s approach with the intent of creating a population of well-trained safety officers ready to be effective as they serve in support of the state and ARNG missions.

Aviation Safety Officer Refresher

The Aviation Safety Officer Refresher Course includes review and instruction of the most current Army, ARNG, state policies and guidelines regarding the management of an Aviation Safety Program.  The course also covers accident causation, trends, and risk mitigation within the aviation and ground communities, safety system review, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements for the ARNG. This course allows aviation safety professionals to focus on effectiveness and execution, as well as trend analysis, which is key for the command in the prevention of future accidents. This course also covers trends found in the Army Resource Management Survey (ARMS). In addition to reviewing successful program management techniques, we also share best practices being used effectively throughout the Army and the National Guard.

The MSAG Team uses an established U.S. Army, ARNG safety training curriculum, modified to fit specific audience needs, and uses relevant scenarios to fit specific hands-on exercises. We developed these instructor-led, three-day training course to help the Army aviation community remain as current and effective, as possible.

OSHA Training and Certification Courses

Since OSHA was founded, it has reduced workplace fatalities by 66% by establishing federal standards, including training and general safety requirements. Whether it is the general industry standard or the construction standard, MSAG instructors are experienced in both domains and will teach students the requirements for compliance and effective program management.

Depending on industry, MSAG OSHA training programs include, but are not limited to: Construction and General Industry Safety, Supervisor / Competent Person Certification, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) and Hazardous Communication (HAZCOM) Training, Forklift and Heavy Equipment Training, Scaffolding, 10 and 30–Hour Certifications, General Safety, and Industrial Hygiene Training.

The MSAG Team uses an established OSHA-approved curriculum modified to fit specific audience needs and uses relevant scenarios of most workplace environments. We developed these instructor-led training course to help supervisors and leaders remain current and effective, as possible. Many online courses cover this material, but are unable to impart best practices and provide “how to” instruction. All MSAG courses are conducted on-site which yields a better understanding of the material and ultimately, a more compliant and effective program.

Charles Morris

Charles Morris retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) after serving more than 33 years of active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army. While on active duty, he served as a fixed and rotor wing pilot, and held the positions of company, battalion, and airfield aviation safety officer.

Mr. Morris served as the aviation safety officer for the Army National Guard Bureau. His primary responsibilities included overseeing the aviation safety program for the Army National Guard. He developed the ARNG Certified Aviation Accident Investigator Training Program, and created a team of certified accident investigators to conduct Army National Guard aircraft accident investigations.

Prior to working at NGB, Mr. Morris served as an Aviation Safety Officer and Instructor Pilot for the Tennessee Army National Guard as a traditional Soldier. His full time job was Line Captain and Manager of Flight Safety for a major airline. Mr. Morris currently works as an Aviation Safety Consultant and guest National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) Training Center Guest Instructor.

Education

  • B.S., Aerospace Administration, Middle Tennessee State University
  • U.S. Army Aviation Safety Officer Course
  • U.S. Army Fixed Wing Multi-Engine Aircraft Instructor Pilot Course
  • NTSB Basic Aircraft Accident Investigation Course
  • NTSB Helicopter Accident Investigation Course
  • TSI Basic Aircraft Accident Investigation Course
  • NTSB Survival Factors Course
  • Certified ICAP Federal Aviation Safety Officer
  • FAA Licensed Airline Transport Pilot
  • TSI SMS and Aviation Safety Program Management Course
  • TSI Safety Risk Management Trainer Course

Professional Memberships

  • International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI)
  • International Society of Safety Professionals (ISSP)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
  • Associate HFACS Professional

Matthew Sweet

Mr. Sweet is a Senior Aviation Safety Professional at MSAG. In this role, Matt serves as a member of the Composite Army National Guard Safety Development Assessment Team (CASDAT). He conducts safety training and assessments, prepares gap analyses and action plans, and provides risk management support.

Mr. Sweet is also an instructor for the Army National Guard Accident Investigation Certification Program. Mr. Sweet retired an a Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) after serving more than 22 years of active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army. While on active duty, he served as a fixed and rotor wing pilot and held positions of company, battalion, and state aviation safety officer.

Prior to joining MSAG, Mr. Sweet served as Principal Aviation/Ground Safety and Occupational Health Professional with Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC). IN his last National Guard assignment, he was the Aviation Safety Officer and Supervisory Instructor Pilot for the District of Columbia Army National Guard. His primary responsibilities included overseeing the aviation safety and standardization programs for the DCARNG. Prior to working for the DCARNG, Mr. Sweet was active duty with the U. S. Army, and served as an Aviation Safety Officer and Instructor Pilot.

Education

  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • U.S. Army Aviation Safety Officer Course
  • U.S. Army Instructor Pilot Course (UH-60, UH-1, UH-72)
  • Instrument Examiners Course
  • NTSB Basic Aircraft Accident Investigation Course
  • TSI Basic Aircraft Accident Investigation Course
  • FAA Licensed Commercial Pilot
  • NGB Certified Accident Investigator

Professional Memberships

  • Associate HFACS Professional