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Never leave an Airman behind

Never leave an Airman behind

Never leave an Airman behind

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- The wingman concept is an integral part of our Air Force identity and ideals. When one of our own is struggling we are reminded by our creed to, "... never leave an Airman behind." I've seen firsthand how Airmen have overcome overwhelming difficulties because of the support they received from their units, peers and families. Unfortunately, I have also seen the struggle of some Airmen who feel like no one is looking out for them - they sometimes become hopeless and have thoughts of suicide. Fortunately, there are better options for them than giving up. That's where our faithfulness to live the Airman's Creed makes a difference.

Offering help to someone who is distressed can be uncomfortable. Yet, we do it because it's the right thing to do. To assist each of us in living by our creed, I have distributed Ask, Care, Escort cards and posters throughout the base. If you haven't received an ACE card, ask your unit first sergeant for one. ACE stands for the three simple actions you can take to help your fellow Airman in need of support. Saving a life on the battlefield is a rare privilege that few get to experience, saving the life of your wingman on base is an opportunity we have available more often than we might think.