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Check 3 GPS works on duty, off duty

(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost)

(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- In recent years, outdoor activities like swimming, rock climbing, mountain biking and canoeing have needlessly claimed Airmen's lives.

From 2011 to 2015, nearly 30,000 mishaps occurred on duty in the Air Force, according to Air Force Safety.

These mishaps occurred through poor risk assessment, inattention, poor decision making, overconfidence or complacency.

Check Three GPS (Gear, Plan, Skills) is a safety initiative designed to mitigate risk and prevent mishaps.

Before engaging in an activity, ensure you have the right gear, a plan, and the proper skills.