Fighter wing receives Star recognition Published April 19, 2013 By 1st Lt. Stephen Montgomery 115th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Madison, Wis. -- In a ceremony held April 11, the 115th Fighter Wing was recognized for its commitment to safety when it received a Star recognition in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program. The Star recognition is for employers and employees who demonstrate exemplary achievement in the prevention and control of occupation safety and health hazards and the development, implementation and continuous improvement of their safety and health management system. "This is the second time we have achieved this rating," said Maj. Joseph Walter, Chief of Safety for the 115th Fighter Wing. "This rating highlights our commitment here at the 115th Fighter Wing to the protection and safety of not only our members, but the community of Madison as well." According to OSHA, the VPP recognizes employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. This is the 115th Fighter Wing's second Star recognition, earning its last one in 2009, and is only one of two Air National Guard units to receive the distinction.