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Members of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center gather in a small group as part of the mandatory tactical pause initiative Sept. 5, 2019, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. With 78 suspected Total Force deaths as of July, 29 2019 by suicide compared to 51 in 2018, the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, directed all units to implement a Resilience Tactical Pause. The primary focus of the initiative was to strengthen connections and support one another. (U.S. Air Force photo by David Ford)
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) —
The enemy gains its power in a silent world, and the recent results are becoming increasingly loud.
The Air Force loses more Airmen to this enemy than combat. So far in 2019, nearly 80 people have made the choice to end their lives. At the current pace, the total could reach 150-160 by the close of the year.
The enemy is hopelessness.
For Tyndall Air Force Base, identifying the enemy has taken on a heightened sense of urgency since Hurricane Michael’s landfall on Oct. 10, 2018. The storm not only leveled the base, it also wreaked havoc on the lives of Airmen, civilian employees and family members displaced and impacted. Since then, the struggle to recover has not only been a physical one, but increasingly mental and emotional as well.
“We are dealing with the aftermath of a horrendous storm, but I also believe the Air Force is dealing with a lot of ‘storms’ that have the capacity […]