Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein ordered a daylong halt in operations, a Resilience Tactical Pause, in a July 31 letter to wing commanders worldwide. (DANIEL TER HAAR/U.S. AIR FORCE)
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein ordered a daylong halt in operations, a Resilience Tactical Pause, in a July 31 letter to wing commanders worldwide. (DANIEL TER HAAR/U.S. AIR FORCE)

Air Force commanders across the Pacific gather airmen to counter suicides

by Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Airmen in the Pacific have been meeting in recent weeks to discuss and hopefully curb suicide in the ranks, which is fast approaching 10-year highs and claims more servicemembers than combat operations in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

After the 78th Air Force suicide this year, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein ordered a daylong halt in operations — a Resilience Tactical Pause — via a July 31 letter to wing commanders worldwide. Goldfein directed the leaders to gather their airmen — in both large and small groups — and hear from them what is behind the continuing high number of suicides.

The meetings are generally off-limits to media organizations like Stars and Stripes. The Air Force so far is closed-mouth about what is said at those gatherings, what its leaders have learned from them and what it may do to prevent suicides as a result.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.597568

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