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Frontiers November 2016 Issue

BRANCH: British Army LOCATION: United Kingdom TEAM: Boeing Defence UK John Winskill Senior manager of Advanced Programmes, director of the Boeing Portal In 2003, British Army infantry major John Winskill saw firsthand how Boeing products perform during military emergencies. But this wasn’t a sales pitch or media demonstration— this was a lifesaving operation. The life being saved? His own. Winskill was seriously injured after his armored vehicle was blown up in Basra, Iraq. He was extracted by a Royal Air Force CH-47 Chinook, treated and flown home to the UK on a U.S. C-17 Globemaster III transport. After 18 months of physical and emotional recovery, he was medically discharged and joined Boeing Defence UK, or BDUK, about seven months later. “I vowed that the only organization I was going to work for was the company that effectively saved my life, and these were the people who built the Chinook and the C-17,” Winskill said. “My wife, Lisa, has a husband and my four kids have their dad because of these people. Every day, we make a difference to people like me who rely on the company to get them home when it all goes wrong.” The experience instilled in Winskill the importance of safety. As a manager of Advanced Programmes for BDUK, he makes sure employees and customers are aware of it, too. When he left on that 2003 mission, he knew he was going into a dangerous situation with a chance of getting hurt. But when people leave for work in the morning, they don’t see that risk, Winskill said. That’s why during his team’s Go for Zero – One Day at a Time PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS activities, he draws on his experience to illustrate the importance of being mindful about safety, as well as the emotional torment sustained along with the physical injury. “I went to work one day fit and healthy, and at the end of that day I lay seriously injured on a blood-soaked table in a U.S. military field hospital,” he said. “Our focus on safety hopefully will prevent others from having workplace accidents and ensure that that all our employees return to their families every day as fit and well as they were that morning.” • 34 | BOEING FRONTIERS


Frontiers November 2016 Issue
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