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 fighters, bombers conduct strikes against ISIL targets in Syria

TAMPA, Fla. — U.S. military forces and partner nations, including the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, undertook military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria Sept. 22, using a mix of fighter, bomber, remotely piloted aircraft and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles to...
 
 
page-one

End of an era: 65th AGRS set to deactivate

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – After almost a decade of unyielding service, the 65th Aggressor Squadron will be deactivating. Since being reactivated Sept. 15, 2005, the 65th AGRS helped provide air combat training for militar...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Scott Ash

Air Force leaders sign Total-Force Aircrew Management charter

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott Ash Leaders of the Air Force and the Air Reserve Component sign the Total Force Aircrew Management charter Sept. 18, during the Aircrew Summit at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. From left to right, D...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Davis

ACC commander outlines imperatives for the Combat Air Force

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matt Davis Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, speaks to the audience on the importance of maintaining combat capabilities with minimal resources during the Air Force Associati...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle

AFAS helps ease financial stress

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Hiroko Bush, 99th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant, accepts a Nellis Airman’s Air Force Financial Aid Society application at the Airman and Family Re...
 
 

AF to change instructions for oaths

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion from...
 




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