JBER Air Force units to suspend operations for 1 day to address suicide rates
U.S. Air Force units at JBER will suspend operations for one day in August as part of a service-wide order to address rising suicide rates.
The Air Force reports 30 more suicides among airmen compared to this time a year ago. The stand-down order is the first-ever for the service to deal with airmen lost to suicide or have considered it.
Chief Master Sgt. of the Airforce Kaleth Wright delivered an online message and called on fellow airmen to help their teammates.
"Someone in your organization right now is feeling hopeless and they may be thinking that suicide is the answer," Wright said in the video released on the Air Force's Twitter page. "Give them better options. Let's lead them to a better answer."
Wright said the Air Force loses more airmen to suicide each year than combat. JBER said it will be up to each of its units to decide when the stand-down takes place.
All Air Force units have until August 15 to comply with the order.
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