DGM USA recently had a special visitor. The FAA’s Bill Streb paid a special visit to our Air Freight Training class as part of the FAA’s outreach program. The FAA has incorporated outreach into our national work plan in order to be pro-active when it comes to meeting shippers, airlines, freight forwarders, and even passengers. Bill Streb says “My philosphy is that its always better to meet inspectors during a training session than during an inspection, especially if the shipper has never been involved in a hazmat inspection. I like to let people get to know me a little and give them a heads up of what to expect when I come knocking on their door. I want people to know that not all government inspectors are intimidating. I understand the anxiety that can occur because I have been there myself and I try to be as human as possible without cutting corners”. Bill Streb background; 33 years total government service. He put in almost 10 years in the Navy and spent the next 10 and a half years in the Coast Guard, where he retired. He was exposed to hazardous materials during that time. He was a first responder as well as conducting inspections and investigations on commercial vessels and mariners. He joined the FAA right after 9/11 and has been there ever since. He enjoys hazmat but recognizes that there is a lot of expertise in the industry and says he still have a lot to learn and he takes advantage of these presentations in order to expand his knowledge and experience. He says for him, it’s a win/win situation. DGM thanks Bill for coming out and sharing his knowledge with us!
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