Air Force units will pause operations to address alarming suicide rate
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Air Force units will stand down for one day within the next six weeks to address the spiraling number of suicides among airmen, officials said this week.
“Seventy-eight of our brothers and sisters have given up on life this year alone,” Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth Wright said in a video message posted online by the Air Force on Thursday.
“That’s 28 more than this time last year,” Wright said. “If we don’t do something, we could lose up to 150, 160 airmen in 2019. We can’t let this keep happening.”
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