Military
7:41 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Wright-Patt Colonel Says Support Programs Help Prevent Tragedies

Wright-Patterson officials continue to review security in the wake of the shootings at the U.S. Naval Yard shooting earlier this week. Colonel Cassie Barlow told reporters at a press conference that there is support available, from mental health services, to substance abuse and education programs, and the sexual assault and victim advocates program. Barlow says employees are trained in identifying odd behavior, and she emphasized that working as a team, or what she calls "wingmen", will help combat tragedies like what happened this week.

“We train everyone to recognize in their wingmen stress...extreme stress and problems with resiliance," says Barlow. "They can then help each other and if they need to get to one of the helping agencies that I just mentioned, they can take them and then help them with that.” 

Earlier this week, Barlow said the base will be enhancing security for the upcoming Air Force marathon, but did not give specifics to the details. 30,000 people are expected for the race, beginning on Saturday.