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Wingman Project Implemented for Deep Freeze Mission
Date:2/12/2010

The Wingman Project is a Total and Joint Force program designed to eliminate suicides among Airmen and family members through human outreach, media and training. The project trains Airmen and their families on how to identify a person in crisis, and how to intervene to save a life. The training method is called ACE, which stands for Ask, Care and Escort.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, HI (PRWEB) February 12, 2010 -- A new initiative designed to keep Airmen and their families alive and well is currently being implemented as part of Operation Deep Freeze here.
   
The Wingman Project began as an Air National Guard program but is now being expanded to serve other parts of the Total and Joint Force. Its goal is to eliminate suicides among Airmen and family members through human outreach, media and training.

Implementing the program as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the Department of Defense's logistical support to the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Antarctic program in Antarctica, was the idea of Lt. Col. Ed Vaughan.

Before moving to 13th Air Force here to serve as the chief of joint operations and plans for Joint Task Force Support Forces Antarctica, Colonel Vaughan was the deputy director of safety for the Air National Guard. In that role, he helped create, and served as first national director of the Wingman Project.

"Whether your area of responsibility is in the desert or the polar ice, warfighters and their loved ones must always try to be good wingmen to one another," Colonel Vaughan said. "This program is designed to help them do that by turbo-charging existing suicide prevention programs to provide servicemembers and their families with easy-to-learn techniques that save lives."

Suicide rates in the Air Force, and across the military, are at an all time high, and according to the Air For
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