Air Force

May 1, 2014

AF Surgeon General aims to help cyber Airmen

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Thomas Travis, Surgeon General of the Air Force, visited 24th Air Force April 10 in an effort to learn about ways that the medical community can support cyber operators.

“Air Force Medicine is here to support operations,” said Travis. “We need to provide the right support for Airmen and their families. I wanted to start this conversation with cyber.”

In many areas, including cyber, there is high stress related to the high tempo of operations, noted Travis. With so much at stake, there is a need to go directly to the operator.

“We are aiming to customize access, customize prevention, and customize care for this growing operational capability” said Travis.

The general discussed an initiative he began which aims to either embed or dedicate the right type of medical support for operational units. This practice has been in the works for several years in special operations, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, remotely piloted aircraft and explosive ordnance disposal career fields.

“People have to be healthy and fit to be effective,” said Travis. “If we can help people with injuries or mental health issues in the near term, or prevent them to begin with, mission success and Airman wellness is far more likely.”

Mental health practitioners have been particularly useful in at-risk, high-pressure jobs, including ISR and RPA career fields, where operators may be more comfortable discussing issues before they become a real problem, said Travis. These providers have the right clearances to be adjacent and available to these operators in their workplace. They know the individuals and the mission, and the individual knows and trusts them. A trip to the clinic may not even be necessary. But if it is, they go see “their doc”, much like we have been doing in flight medicine for many decades.

“The members of the units know their doctors. That breaks down the stigmas and barriers to care,” said Travis. “It helps to know somebody who you can talk to who has the right clearance to hear what you have to say.”

The special operations community, for instance, has specialists who train operators in advance of deployments to prevent injuries and mental health issues. These same providers then provide care for any problems when the operators return from deployment, enabling them to get better quicker. In some cases, such as EOD, flights are enrolled to a provider, who works and trains with the flight to get a sense of the physical and emotional stresses the operators are facing, said Travis.

“This program also gives a sense of mission and purpose to providers like some have never had before,” said Travis. The goal is to teach providers to understand the missions that they are supporting in order to provide the best level of care.

Travis noted that line mission commanders have been actively seeking the support the Air Force Medical Service has been working to provide through these programs, and he hopes to be able to extend this initiative into the cyber domain to help cyber operators.

“Cyber is growing in importance, and the Airmen doing this mission perform brilliantly,” said Travis. As such, we are trying to adapt to this new brand of operators. We have to provide a new kind of support that allows these Airmen to have better access to the help they need.”

The general was impressed with the mission carried out by these cyber operators each day.

“Being here has reaffirmed to me that cyber is clearly operational” said Travis. It is more than network support. It’s projecting power where it is needed. Cyber is no doubt part of air power dominance.”




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


 
 

 

Air Force revamps air expeditionary force construct

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1. The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

FCC provides home away from home

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed Brittany Morrill, a Family Child Care provider, shows memory cards to Sam and Ayden in her home on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 9. FCC providers are given free access to c...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

Frag out! Airmen attend last Air Force-only grenade training class

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Tech. Sgt. Preston Meier, 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron NCO in charge of combat arms, throws a live M-67 fragmentation grenade during the last iteration of the M...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Securing Nellis AFB flightline

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler With redundancy in the number of entry control points on the Nellis Air Force Base flightline, the 99th Air Base Wing and the 57th Wing collaborated to close numerous ECP...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

CAAs help shed light on career options

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Senior Master Sgt. Tonya Joyce (left) and Master Sgt. Marcy Holland, both 99th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisors, are available to help Airmen stationed in Souther...
 
 

JAG Corps announces 2015 law school programs

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Officers interested in continuing to serve the Air Force as a Judge Advocate are invited to apply to the Funded Legal Education Program and Excess Leave Program. Officers selected for FLEP have the opportunity to attend law school at the Air Force’s expense while also continuing to receive full...
 




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