HomeMediaArticle Display

Wounded Warrior Ambassadors lead suicide prevention course at MacDill

Two service members discuss a suicide intervention scenario during an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course, led by Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) leaders, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, May 12, 2021. 6th Air Refueling Wing first sergeants reached out to AFW2 to lead ASIST which is a suicide prevention and intervention program designed to teach participants life-assisting intervention skills from a community-based approach.

Two service members discuss a suicide intervention scenario during an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course, led by Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) leaders, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, May 12, 2021. 6th Air Refueling Wing first sergeants reached out to AFW2 to lead ASIST which is a suicide prevention and intervention program designed to teach participants life-assisting intervention skills from a community-based approach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Fejerang)

A trifold presentation table is set up with information on suicide intervention during an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course, led by Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) leaders, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, May 12, 2021. AFW2 is a congressionally-mandated and federally-funded organization tasked with taking care of U.S. Air Force wounded, ill and injured Airmen, Veterans and their families.

A trifold presentation table is set up with information on suicide intervention during an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course, led by Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) leaders, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, May 12, 2021. AFW2 is a congressionally-mandated and federally-funded organization tasked with taking care of U.S. Air Force wounded, ill and injured Airmen, Veterans and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Fejerang)

Four buttons with suicide prevention messaging sit on a presentation table during an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course, led by Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) leaders, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, May 12, 2021. Suicide prevention and Airmen’s resiliency remain a top priority for the U.S. Air Force and Team MacDill.

Four buttons with suicide prevention messaging sit on a presentation table during an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course, led by Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2) leaders, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, May 12, 2021. Suicide prevention and Airmen’s resiliency remain a top priority for the U.S. Air Force and Team MacDill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Fejerang)

Armando Franco, Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) wellness program team leader, teaches service members about suicide intervention at an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, May 11, 2021. 6th Air Refueling Wing first sergeants reached out to AFW2 to lead ASIST which is a suicide prevention and intervention program designed to teach participants life-assisting intervention skills from a community-based approach.

Armando Franco, Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) wellness program team leader, teaches service members about suicide intervention at an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, May 11, 2021. 6th Air Refueling Wing first sergeants reached out to AFW2 to lead ASIST which is a suicide prevention and intervention program designed to teach participants life-assisting intervention skills from a community-based approach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Fejerang)

Armando Franco, Air Force Wounded Warrior wellness program team leader, teaches service members about suicide intervention at an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, May 11, 2021. LivingWorks ASIST is a suicide prevention and intervention program designed to teach participants life-assisting intervention skills from a community-based approach.

Armando Franco, Air Force Wounded Warrior wellness program team leader, teaches service members about suicide intervention at an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, May 11, 2021. LivingWorks ASIST is a suicide prevention and intervention program designed to teach participants life-assisting intervention skills from a community-based approach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Fejerang)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2), in collaboration with the 6th Air Refueling Wing First Sergeants council, conducted a LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST two-day workshop, May 11-12, 2021 at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

The goal of ASIST is to provide Airmen tools and skills to help recognize if anyone may be thinking about suicide, review the immediate risks, talk to an Airman in the moment of their situation and intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide as well as helping with key elements of an effective safety plan and self-care.

“As this was a civilian run course, students had the opportunity to discuss and engage with a diverse group,” said Master Sgt. Lordell Wilson, 6th Maintenance Squadron first sergeant and event coordinator. “Students in the class range from victim advocate crisis operators to Military OneSource individuals to other Airmen sharing their unique stories.”

Suicide prevention remains a top priority for the U.S. Air Force and Team MacDill. This workshop was lead by local AFW2 ambassadors that are trained ASIST leaders. Service members who attended gained valuable skills to fight this enemy.

“Suicide is more than a tragedy; it is the number one threat to our service members across the board,” explained Master Sgt. Mark Brown, 6th Force Support Squadron first sergeant and ASIST workshop student. “To truly fulfill the oath we took to our nation, we must do everything possible to thwart suicide whenever and wherever, for whomever we are able.”

ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop and is available for anyone 16 years of age or older. For more information on the U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program visit https://www.woundedwarrior.af.mil/.

Twitter
Meet The Team: Tech Sgt. Nicole Allbritton TSgt Nicole Allbritton will be competing in cycling, shooting, and tra… https://t.co/oc3pCkN2ws
Twitter
That is a wrap for this week's training event! We can't wait to see Team @usairforce in September for the 2021… https://t.co/KFp5wutZP7
Twitter
Meet The Team: Senior Airman (ret) John Berry IV SrA (ret) John Berry will be competing in cycling, rowing, field… https://t.co/KtXV5oFBg9
Twitter
#HappeningNow: Team Air Force is giving it their all during the wheelchair rugby scrimmage game! 🏉… https://t.co/G3IB4xToPV
Twitter
#HappeningNow: Team Air Force is putting their training to the test with a sitting volleyball scrimmage game! 🏐… https://t.co/yuVSLRyobr
Twitter
Powering through the last day of @warriorgames training! 💪🏋️ #TeamAirForce #RoadToWarriorGames https://t.co/YEqxEj42jv
Twitter
Meet The Team: Master Sgt. Shannon Cassinelli MSgt Shannon Cassinelli will be participating in rowing, track, sit… https://t.co/oaU21i7TLs
Twitter
Team @usairforce is ready to head to #Orlando for the @warriorgames. @DisneyParks Looking forward to seeing… https://t.co/9U32vQDxK6
Twitter
Who says training is just for warriors? 😎 Air Force Personnel Center executive director, Ms. Kimberly Toney, recei… https://t.co/8CtbuxyE48
Twitter
There are 4⃣5⃣ days left until the 2021 @warriorgames in Orlando, Florida! It is time for you to meet the team and… https://t.co/kg2cwCM5pX
Twitter
The journey of a warrior is the journey of a caregiver and that includes the journey to the 2021 @warriorgames! A… https://t.co/stZ5GyXwxK
Twitter
Thank you to @AFCareers leadership, Maj. Gen. Christopher Craige, commander, and Ms. Kimberly Toney, executive dire… https://t.co/Su5kWZnkS7
Twitter
Team Air Force athletes are hard at work as they train all week for the upcoming 2021 @warriorgames! There is not… https://t.co/jsqhx4TNRV
Twitter
Diving into day 5 of training like.. 🏊 #TeamAirForce #RoadToWarriorGames https://t.co/Iw7KmSNAsG
Twitter
Team Air Force is right on target for the 2021 @warriorgames! 🎯 #RoadToWarriorGames https://t.co/E039xzlfLH
Twitter
Rolling into day 4 of training like.. 🚴 #TeamAirForce #RoadToWarriorGames https://t.co/heNMqSoWwY
Twitter
Thank you @cmsaf_official and CMSAF (ret) Gerald Murray for visiting our AFW2 outreach and ambassador team at the… https://t.co/5L0puXvEic
Twitter
Starting off our Monday right 😎 #TeamAirForce #RoadToWarriorGames https://t.co/qhW5WX9vcG
Twitter
5,483
Follow Us