The number of suicides across the Defense Department has dropped by more than 22 percent this year, reported the Associated Press. As of Oct. 27, there have been 245 suicides by Active Duty service members, compared to 316 this time last year, according to the article, which cites data provided by anonymous sources. In recent years, DOD has set up several initiatives through the individual services in an attempt to overcome the pressing issue, including targeting substance abuse and stress, expanding crisis phone lines, and increasing access to behavioral health services, states the Nov. 11 news report. However, officials are reluctant to credit the decline to any specific initiative, recognizing there are many unknown factors that officials may be unclear of. In total, there were 349 suicides in 2012—the highest it has been since DOD began closely monitoring cases in 2001, according to the report. (See also Suicide Prevention Requires Face-to-Face Engagement)
Feb. 24, 2021
Feb. 24, 2021
Airmen will have more predictability about deployments under the new force presentation model the Air Force is developing, but the application will make USAF less predictable to adversaries, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown said Feb. 24. He also explained what he considers "legacy" systems, to be divested to…
Foreign object debris walks are typically all about keeping things—especially garbage and aircrafts’ inner workings—apart. But during a recent safety-driven jaunt at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, two members of the 47th Civil Engineering Squadron decided to tie their futures together.
The Joint Staff on Feb. 25 will unveil a new vision for developing enlisted leaders, shaping military education to develop noncommissioned officers who can lead joint service members to be better prepared for future wars, the military’s top enlisted leader announced at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.…