• DoD and DAF honor Airmen and Guardians for their exceptional work with victim support and prevention

    Capt. Vikki Flores was on her way from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona to her new assignment in the National Capital Region when she learned she was to be honored as a 2022 Liz Blanc Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) of the Year Award recipient.“It was a pretty pleasant surprise during my seven day trip across the
  • SOAR helps teen rise to challenges of military life

    Christeen Greenwell is an Airman, military spouse and the mother of a teen. She’s also one of the founders of a resiliency program for teens at Edwards Air Force Base called Support, Outreach, Action, Resilience.SOAR was created in the aftermath of two teen deaths by suicide in 2020 – one of whom was the best friend of her daughter.“She had just
  • Combating the stigma against help-seeking

    Col. Heather Fox, the 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander at Beale Air Force Base, California, doesn’t mince words when it comes to encouraging supervisors at the wing to support Airmen and Guardians who may need help. During all-calls, and whenever else she gets the opportunity, Fox lets her Airmen know that help-seeking should be viewed in a
  • Be the leader you've always wanted

    “Be the leader you never had or be the leader you always wanted.”That’s the advice of Senior Master Sgt. Shannel Curtiss, the 633rd Communications Squadron First Sergeant, who says she learned an important lesson early in her career by not receiving the kind of leadership she needed as a young Airman.“Quite honestly, that is where I learned a lot
  • It’s okay to ask for help

    When I was a bright-eyed, young Airman eight or nine years ago, one of the first stories I was tasked with writing was about the base mental health clinic. One of the technicians I interviewed kind of hesitantly asked me why I was bothering writing a story about them, but I didn’t understand him.
  • Men Are Victims Too...

    When someone mentions sexual assault, usually those within the room think about women being assaulted. It may not be as common, but men are targeted, preyed upon and assaulted as well. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 71 men are assaulted, or suffer from an attempt, within their life. One is too many.Men and
  • Department of the Air Force leaders focus on resiliency

    Senior leaders are focused on building and growing resilience by establishing a task force called Operation Arc Care. This task force is currently reviewing resilience programs and overarching strategy using a phased approach which began in November.
  • Celebrating Black History Month

    Whether it be local or nation-wide recognition, all contributions and endeavors, grand or small, made by African Americans should be appreciated and celebrated. Let us not take for granted the opportunities given to us as Americans and to look towards bettering the future.
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month - week two

    Week two of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month will focus on recognizing the warning signs of an abusive relationship versus those of a healthy relationship.  Love is Respect reports that the early warning signs of dating violence include:• Checking one’s partner’s cell phones, emails or social networks without permission• Extreme jealousy or
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month - week one

    February is Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Awareness Month and Dyess Air Force Base, along with organizations across the United States, will help to make teens aware of dating violence.  Each year over a million teenagers are abused by their dating partner.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states: Teen dating violence, also referred to as
  • Cable gun locks can keep families safe

    A second shipment of cable-style gunlocks is making its way to installations across the United States courtesy of the Department of the Air Force. The gunlock giveaway began in March 2020 with 150,000 cable-style locks distributed to all U.S. Air Force installations. Using the acronym SLO, which stands for safes, locks and outside, will help forces and families remember three storage options that can save lives by using safes, locks or storing lethal means outside the home.
  • Balance is Key to Resiliency

    Col John Blocher recently underwent brain surgery to correct an inner ear issue and had to learn to walk a straight line again. Despite that and a number of challenges throughout his Air Force career, Blocher says he couldn’t be happier because of balance in his life with his family and work, and the spiritual and physical aspects of his life.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations begin for U.K. tri-base community

    The 48th Medical Group conducted its first inoculations of healthcare workers with the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 29, 2020.
  • There is Help and There is Hope

    One of the most important actions to take when someone has suicide ideation is to take the method of suicide away from them according to Kathryn Lynnes, a suicide attempt survivor and civilian within the Department of the Air Force.  “Try to get them to give you their lethal means,” said Lynnes.  “Don’t try to talk them out of it. Don’t promise
  • October is Domestic Violence Prevention Month: ‘United to End Abuse’

    National Domestic Violence Awareness Month has been recognized every October for the last 31 years as a time when people and communities across the United States honor those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
  • Leaders address National Disability Employment Awareness Month

    Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander, and Chief Master Sgt. William Hebb, installation command chief, recognized National Disability Employment Awareness Month during a video message to the workforce Sept. 30.
  • Airmen go the distance during National POW/MIA Recognition Day

    Airmen participated in the third annual National POW/MIA Recognition Day ruck march Sept. 18, 2020, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. In 1979, the United States Congress passed a resolution authorizing National POW/MIA Recognition Day to be observed across the country on military installations, on ships at sea, at state capitols, at schools and at veterans’ facilities. The 347th Operations Support Squadron hosted the 24-hour ruck march to pay tribute to U.S. service members who have been captured or have gone missing in the line of duty.
  • Chapel surprises night shift with chicken sandwiches

    The Schriever Chapel team gives Airman 1st Class Brayden Cypret, 4th Space Operations Squadron Extremely High-Frequency satellite systems operator, right, a free chicken sandwich Sept. 16, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The Schriever Chapel Corps distributed sandwiches starting at 10:30 p.m. to night shift workers to show appreciation
  • Sexual Assault Survivor Promotes SAPR Resources

    People often say it’s important to talk to someone when a crisis happens. What if that crisis, though, is sexual assault? Discussing such a traumatic event, even with friends and family, may be extremely difficult for the victim.“Just because you’re family, it doesn’t mean you need to ask a thousand questions and push it, and stress that person out
  • 124th ASOS hosts resiliency training competition

    EMMETT, Idaho – The 124th Air Support Operations Squadron organized a resiliency day competition for members of the 124th Fighter Wing and other local organizations.The July 31 event including shooting, followed by a four-person, 12-mile relay that began with a strenuous ruck up a mountain. While the competition progressed, Airmen received