Why are you and your job important to the Air Force, AFMC and WPAFB?
My office is developing the HH-60W, which is set to replace the aging fleet of HH-60G Pave Hawk combat-rescue helicopters. This helicopter is being designed to rescue military personnel, particularly downed pilots, in hostile environments. The Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure system, in particular, will enable enhanced threat protection, aircraft survivability and mission success during contested operations by detecting small-arms fire and denying tactical infrared threats the ability to effectively engage the aircraft.
The reason I became a volunteer victim advocate was because I believe the SAPR program and the work I do as a victim advocate protects our collective mission. We ask our Airmen to do extraordinary things — sometimes with little resources. They go above and beyond to execute the Air Force mission. If something as traumatic and sensitive as a sexual assault happens, I believe we owe them this space. We owe them advocacy and resources. If we want our Airmen to continue to perform at this high level, we need to be there for them when situations like this arise.