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NEWS | July 1, 2016

Alamo Wing embraces strategy to combat violence, sexual assault

433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Embracing training to combat violence prevention, the 433rd Airlift Wing launched its first ever Green Dot training for wing leaders June 5, 2016 at the 433rd Mission Support Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

The Air Force contracted the non-profit Green Dot, etc. organization to implement a strategy of violence prevention that reduces power-based interpersonal violence, which includes not only sexual violence, but also domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse, and bullying.

Tech. Sgt. Ernesto Compean, 433rd Maintenance Group program analyst, was one of the Green Dot implementers who provided the leadership training. “As an implementer I got to experience extensive Green Dot training," he said. "After seeing the big picture, I know that Green Dot will make a difference in the current Air Force culture. It feels great to be part of a program that you truly believe will change the world."

Phase one of Green Dot implementation began in March and will continue through September 2016. During the first class, facilitators briefed more than 90 percent of the wing’s leadership.

Members were briefed on steps they can take to validate visibly and reinforce “reactive” Green Dot behaviors. They were also provided with specific reinforcement for the positive choices such as “proactive green dots,” against sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.

“The training we received was not what was expected," said Lt. Col. Marc Mulkey, 68th Airlift Squadron commander. "It brought a new light to the troubles that our Airmen face, not only in the workplace, but in the social environment as well. The training was a reinforcement for Airmen, regardless of rank. We all have a moral obligation to do the right thing and protect each other.“

For those 433rd AW leaders who missed the leadership training, make-up dates are available every Thursday in July, in Building 909, in the 433rd Medical Group Conference Room.