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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III spoke candidly with top Air Force leaders about sexual assault prevention and response April 14, during the Three-Star Summit.
“Eliminating sexual assault is a huge priority,” James said. “It is a top priority for me; job one is taking care of people and this is part of it. We need to do everything we can to protect the sons and daughters of America who come to us for service in the Air Force.”
James thanked the leaders at the summit for the focus they have given in support of sexual assault prevention. She spoke about her effort to speak to local sexual assault response coordinators, special victim counsels and victim advocates during her travels. She said she is encouraged by the increase in reporting, and the firm emphasis placed on both the prevention of sexual assault and the treatment of survivors.
“What we want is the reports going up and the incidents going down,” James said.
Air Force Wounded Warrior program officials announced the names of the athletes to represent the Air Force during the 2014 Warrior Games and the Invictus Games at the closing ceremony for the Air Force Trials in Las Vegas.
The Air Force Trials gave injured, ill and wounded Airmen a chance to compete in Paralympic-style events. From a pool of more than 100 athletes, 40 were chosen as members of the Air Force Warrior Games team to compete at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., Sept. 28 through Oct. 4. Another 22 athletes were selected for a team competing in the Invictus Games in London, England, Sept. 10 through 14.
During the games, athletes will participate in seven different sports, to include cycling, air rifle and pistol shooting, archery, seated volleyball, track and field, swimming, and wheelchair basketball.
This is the fourth year Airmen have competed in the Warrior Games and athlete participation has grown exponentially.
“In 2010, we had six applications and after a lot of cold calls, we ended up with a team of 21,” said Maj. James Bales, the head coach for the Warrior Games Air Force team.
A very limited number of specialized careers are open in the Air Force Prior Service Program.
The prior service program is an enlistment option that allows a select number of people who separated from military active duty, the Guard or Reserve, to enter full-time Air Force service. The number of applicants being accepted for fiscal 2014 has dropped from 250 to 50.
“The goal number for the prior service program is based on the needs of the Air Force,” said Angelo Haygood, the Air Force Recruiting Service deputy division chief of operations. “It is reviewed by Air Staff A1 at least once annually.”
Headquarters Air Force in Washington D.C., determines prior service requirements by examining career manning and determining the need for experienced people.
“Currently, we are only accepting applications for the direct duty and retraining categories,” said Tech. Sgt. Todd Benson, the AFRS enlisted accessions program manager.
“Direct duty means applicants can enter active duty without going to technical school,” he said. “This category is for applicants who held that particular Air Force specialty code previously or those who currently hold the AFSC in the National Guard or Reserve.
As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a briefing was held April 18 to help educate Airmen on the impact of sexual assault across the service and the nation and how they can get involved in the fight to change the culture that supports it.
Speaking during the briefing was Anne Munch, the owner of Anne Munch Consulting, Inc., and a recognized subject-matter expert in speaking, training and consulting on sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. During her time, she spoke of a third-party influence on sexual assault crimes, beyond the victim and offender, who she named the “unnamed” conspirator.
“It’s an honor to have such a phenomenal speaker come in that is so highly sought after in the sexual assault prevention field,” said Holly Wick, 341st Missile Wing sexual assault response coordinator. “It was great to be able to get her here and have her relay the message in a different way.”
Munch’s presentation started with a brief introduction and a little bit of her background.