In honor of Veterans Day, we interviewed Shane Marshall, our Safety Manager. Shane joined the Air Force in 1995 and retired in 2015. For 11 years, he did logistics and supply management before he retrained into the Safety Department.
“The base is like a small city," he explained about his safety responsibilities in the Air Force, "I was doing what I do now [at Relay Resources], but for the entire base.”
Shane was also in charge of safety for the Survive, Evade, Resist and Escape (SERE) program. He ensured troops were safe during simulations of helicopter crashes, arctic survival endurance, and open ocean plane crashes.
Not only did Shane manage safety in the US, he was the Safety Manager for all deployed safety managers in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and other countries. He conducted site visits and inspections of safety programs in active war zones. While in Kabul, Afghanistan, Shane also taught the Afghan Air Force how to run a safety program.
His experience in the Air Force has also served him well in carrying out his current responsibilities at Relay.
“Being on the military base, you have people who are from all different walks of life, from every town across America, with different upbringings and different experiences, You have to figure out how to reach them on a personal level. And there’s no cookie cutter way to do that," he said.
Shane said the last 13 years he has spent in safety have been a valuable experience that has helped him grow both personally and professionally.
“If you want people to act with safety in mind, you have to show that through leadership," he said. "[But] I’m only one person. It really comes down to the managers our employees see every day. Walking that walk and being a good example. Saying something. Not only when someone is being unsafe, but also when they’re being safe. Give them positive feedback. People want to know they’re doing a good job.”