Air Force

June 14, 2013

Former safety chief heads sexual assault prevention efforts

Staff Sgt. David Salanitri
Secretary of the Air Force public affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senior officials announced that they have appointed a two-star general to lead the Air Force’s effort to reduce sexual assault within the ranks and provide victims the support they need.

Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward was appointed the new director of the reorganized Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. In addition to appointing a more senior officer to the position, the Air Force raised the stature of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office by linking it directly to the office of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

“I’m incredibly honored to be picked for something I know is important to our secretary and our chief and more importantly, to each and every one of our Airmen,” said Woodward, whose last assignment was as the Air Force chief of safety.

Woodward’s background is dynamic. It includes a deployment as Coalition Forces Air Component Commander for Operation Odyssey Dawn and she investigated the sexual misconduct that took place at Air Force Basic Military Training and technical training.

“General Woodward brings a wealth of experience with her to this office,” said Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer. “She is no stranger to tackling high priority missions and she’s the right person to take the reins as we address this issue that’s so important to the health and readiness of our force.”

Looking to the near future, Woodward already knows the first step she and her team need to make.

“The first thing we need to do is really get our arms around the extent of the problem,” she said. “We need to understand the root issues that are exacerbating it and connect with people inside and outside the Air Force that have creative ideas to fix the problem.”

The SAPR office Woodward directs is going through major changes, which reflects Air Force senior leadership’s commitment to addressing the problem head on, according to Woodward.

“In very lean times, we’re increasing billets by more than 30 here,” she said.

“We are a part of the (Air Force) vice chief of staff’s office,” Woodward said. “There’s a reason for that. The issue of sexual assault has his personal attention and interest. He is personally involved with what we are doing on a daily basis.”

As the SAPR office is growing in leadership and resources, Woodward is encouraged by Air Force senior leadership’s support.

“Our Air Force leadership is putting all of their resources, energy and support behind this effort, and they’re doing it for the right reasons,” she said.
“It’s absolutely about caring for our Airmen.”

The stakes are high for the Air Force. The mission is high profile, but senior Air Force officials are confident the SAPR program will prevail in its evolution.

For Woodward, her goal is clear — she is here for the Airmen.

“I have one goal. It’s to make every Airman secure and confident in their service and proud of being a wingman for each and every one of our fellow Airmen and that there is never a breakdown in that sacred bond,” she said. “Until that happens, I’m not done.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Jennifer McLaughlin

Jones assumes command of 304th SBDE

U.S. Army photo/Staff Sgt. Jennifer McLaughlin Col. Robin Jones, incoming 304th Sustainment Brigade commander, accepts the unit colors from Brig. Gen. Scottie Carpenter, 311th Expeditionary Sustainment Command commanding genera...
 
 

March Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center closes soon

The March Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center will remain open for filing taxes until April 30, 2014. With the formal tax season now over, the March VITA Tax Center has prepared approximately 800 returns, saving nearly $100K in preparation fees, and clients have received back more than $850 thousand in combined state and federal refunds,...
 
 

Air Force launches new program to capture innovative ideas

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced the creation of a new program April 4, designed to harness Airmen’s innovation. Airmen Powered by Innovation, or API, will replace three existing Air Force “good idea” programs – the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness, Productivity Enhancing Capital Investment, and Best Practices programs – and expand the role of...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz

General Selva impressed with Total Force Integration at March

U.S. Air Force photo/Linda Welz General Paul Selva, commander, Air Mobility Command, presents Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Ghesquiere, 912th Air Refueling Squadron, with his coin, congratulating her for being named the 2013 AMC Maintaina...
 
 
Photo courtesy of Bernard S. Little

Air Force welcomes four-legged lieutenant

Photo courtesy of Bernard S. Little Goldie, a Golden Retriever, stands at “attention” after being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the dog therapy program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on March 12. G...
 
 

Airmen must revalidate dependents

By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts. This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen’s basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the Air...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin