NAS Whiting Field Highlights SAAPM PG 2 CNRSE Celebrates SAAPM with Ribbon Tying PG 4 Pure Praxis SAPR Training PG 6 Light Up The Night PG 8 SAAPM Wingman Wing-Off PG 9 Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Fla. Vol. 74 SAPR Edition April 30, 2018 Forging Aviators for the Fleet
structive behaviors that contribute to its occurrence and prevalence, Tina Vaughn, CNRSE regional sexual as sault response coordinator, said. The NAS Whiting Field SAPR team consists of many personnel who help coordinate, volunteer and work to make the SAAPM program a success. The team in cludes a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Victims Advocates designated at each command, squad ron and tenant command, and SAPR points of contact who provide support and assistance. Lt. Wayne Cheney, a volunteer SAPR point of contact, was there to show support and help represent Training Air Wing Five. My role is primarily in the administration of the program, so I make sure the victim advocates have the support they need should a case arise. That way they can focus on the victim, Cheney said. In addition to the ribbon tying event, the aviators wore the NAS Whiting Field SAPR command patches, program personnel designed and produced the patches which were approved to wear just last year. The aviators suits. The newest event added to the NAS Whiting Field SAPR agenda this month focused on the topic of mens 2 The Whiting Tower Capt. Paul D. Bowdich Cmdr. Donald Gaines Master Chief (AW/SW) Lee Stephens Whiting Field SAPR News NAS Whiting Field Highlights SAAPM Month The Whiting Tower is an authorized publication for members of the Naval Air Station Whiting Field team, tenant commands, their family members and retirees in the sur rounding area. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense or the Department of the Navy, and do not imply endorsement thereof. The editorial content is prepared, edited and provided by the Public Affairs Office of Naval Air Station Whiting Field. Lt. j.g. Luke Rague Lt. j.g. Chadd Russell Ens. Ian Grover, a Training Air Wing Five Student Naval Aviator, wears the NAS Whiting Field SAPR command patch. The patch was created by the NAS Whiting Field SAPR team last year, and is the j.g. Luke Rague, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff.) NAS Whiting Field commemorates SAAPM with a teal ribbon and and Training Air Wing Five Deputy Commodore Douglas Rosa. Julie Ziegenhorn Jamie Link Naval Air Station Whiting Field and Training Air Wing Five combined efforts to kick-off the DoD-wide Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month (SAA PM) initiative on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Paul Bowdich and Capt. Douglas Rosa, Deputy Commo dore Training Air Wing Five, tied teal ribbons after read ing the SAAPM proclamation. Personnel from the com mand, aviators, SAPR staff and Fleet and Family Support Center personnel were in attendance at the entrance to the command building onboard NAS Whiting Field. The proclamation signing and ribbon tying was scheduled to coincide with similar ceremonies at a number of oth er bases in the region, all part of the Commander Navy Southeast Region-wide initiative to highlight SAAPM. how they serve as powerful statements of command uni ment to the prevention of sexual assault and other de
sexual assault cases in the military and target discussions in a mens forum on the base. In 2018, the NAS Whiting Field SAPR team is highlighting the services we provide for male victims. There is a need in the military to change the culture to encourage male victims to come forward and report sexual assault. It takes an astounding amount of courage and bravery to admit that someone has taken advantage of you, and I want every single victim to know that they will be treated with dignity and respect by the SAPR team and get the support needed to start healing. We are always here for you, should you need us, Dora Ford, NAS Whit ing Field Command SARC said. The NAS Whiting Field SAPR team planned and facilitated SAPR events throughout the month of April to create even greater awareness of the program. The events included a base-wide meme contest, a wing-off, womens panel, SAAPM collaborative events and display tables located around the installation. The mission of the Navy SAPR program is to prevent and respond to sexual assault, eliminating it from its ranks through a balance of focused education, compre hensive response, compassionate advocacy and just adju dication in order to promote professionalism, respect and trust, while preserving Navy mission readiness. Protecting Our people, Protects Our Mission continues as the theme for the Department of Defense Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month (SAA PM) for 2018, according to the DoD SAPR website. Personnel who need help can call the DoD Safe Helpline 877-995-5247, Uniformed Victims Advocate at any time day or night. The phone contacts are manned by trained staff who can provide immediate victim assis tance and advocacy. Please visit www.safehelpline.org Whiting Field SAPR News 3 with a teal ribbon tying outside of the command building before a joint proclamation reading with Training Air Wing Five onboard NAS Whiting Field. (Photo by Jamie Link, NAS Whiting Field for further resources.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) teams from naval installations and tenant commands span ning the Southeast region participated in ribbon tying cer emonies at 10 a.m. April 3, kicking off the regions Sexual Assault and Prevention Month (SAAPM). During the ceremony held at Commander Navy Region Southeast (CNRSE) headquarters, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander, Navy Region Southeast, Lt. Tina Vaughn, the CNRSE regional sexual assault response coordinator, tied teal ribbons representing SAAPM at the entrance to the headquarters. cation across our region to show our support for sexual as to the prevention of sexual assault and other destructive behaviors that contribute to its occurrence and preva lence, Vaughn said. These ceremonies, carried out simultaneously by all installations and commands under the umbrella of acted in unison to make a statement raising awareness about sexual assault and encouraging participants to step up and step in. Installations across our region are going to be very busy throughout the rest of the month with SAAPM events they have been planning for some time, Vaughn said. Some events are new and others are signature. All of the work is aimed at greater awareness of the program and the services available, a better understanding of how victims and survivors are impacted, how we can best serve and support them, as well as how we can be a part of pre vention going forward. While this years SAAPM theme is Protecting our people protects our mission, this years call to action is Raise your voice for prevention. Historically, SAAPM has been geared toward increasing awareness regarding the impact and scope of sexual assault in the Navy. How ever, this years focus has shifted to prevention. While in creasing awareness is still an important concern, the Navy is now focusing on how to stop sexual assault before it occurs. Prevention, as a focus, is receiving a lot of good attention lately. Vaughn said. Though we are still in the 4 Whiting Field SAPR News Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander of Navy Region Southeast, and Tina Vaughn, Southeast regional sexual assault response coor dinator, tie a teal ribbon at the entrance of Navy Region Southeast headquarters celebrating Sexual Assault Awareness and Preven of events and activities across the Navy enterprise seeking to raise awareness about sexual assault and to inspire participants to step up and step in. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Special ist 1st Class Brian G. Reynolds/Released) CNRSE Celebrates SAAPM with Ribbon Tying By MC1 Brian G. Reynolds, CNRSE ment might look like, we know what we want in terms of signature behaviors, those behaviors that embody Navys core values and sustain a culture of excellence. The Navy SAPR programs mission is to prevent and respond to sexual assault, eliminating it from its ranks through a balance of focused education, comprehensive response, compassionate advocacy and just adjudication in order to promote professionalism, respect and trust, while preserving Navy mission readiness. For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www. facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy. For more news from Commander, Navy Region Southeast, visit www.navy.mil/local/nrse/.
5 Whiting Field SAPR Photos February, 2004 Former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld directed Dr. David S. C. Chu, the former Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, to review the DoD process for treatment and care of victims of sexual assault in the Military Services. April, 2004 The Care for Victims of Sexual Assault Task Force, led by Ms. Ellen Embrey, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health, Protection, and Readi ness releases a series of recommendations. October, 2004 A single point of accountability for sexual assault policy within the Department, the Joint Task Force for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, is established. Brigadier General K.C. McClain is named as commander. January, 2005 The DoD presented to Congress a comprehensive policy on prevention and response to sexual assault, providing a foundation to improve prevention of and accountability. October, 2005 Naval SAPR History to be consistent with our military duties, I accept no casualties due to sexual assault within our ranks. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, April 18, 2018 LEFT COLUMN : NAS Whiting Field and Training Air Wing Five participate in the Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month (SAA PM) Tug-Of-War (top) to raise awareness on April 12, 2018. The aviators came prepared with a strategy and won bragging rights until next thropic initiatives. (Photos by Lt. j.g. Luke Rague, NASWF Public Affairs Staff.) RIGHT COLUMN: game to kick-off SAAPM and Month of the Military Child with his family (bottom). NAS Whiting Field Fleet and Family Support Center staff (top) share information with Pensacola Ice Flyers fans about how the base supports SAAPM and the SAPR mission year round. (Photos by
Whiting Field SAPR News 6 Pure Praxis Educates NAS Whiting Field Sailors on SAPR Pure Praxis, a live-theater workshop troupe, vis ited NAS Whiting Field for a second year in a row to edu cated Sailors on sexual assault response and prevention on Thursday, March 29, 2018. The group uses professional actors to recreate dif damaging impact on those harmed by sexual assault, vic tim blaming and ostracization, while rehearsing proactive responses to damaging situations. Audience members learned how to prevent vio lence, address retaliation, challenge toxic ideas, and be a pillar of support for victims rather than contributing to their isolation through a series of short skits and audience participation. Audience participants strike their manliest poses while challeng ing male stereotypes that prevent victims from coming forward af ter experiencing sexual assault. By Lt. j.g. Luke Rague, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff In a Pure Praxis skit, aviators practice confronting victim blamers after hearing damaging comments directed at a sexual assault vic tim. (Photos by Lt. j.g. Luke Rague, NASWF Public Affairs Staff) Sailors, including Sexual Assault Response Coordinator AC1 Rob ert Leverett, rehearse aiding a male sexual assault victim who does not know how to get help confronting his past abuses. Sailors line up on stage to practice active bystander techniques in situations where they can have a positive impact on curbing toxic behaviors and protecting sexual assault vicitms from further abuse.
7 Whiting Field SAPR News SAAPM Meme Contest the SAAPM Meme contest put on by the bases SAPR staff. The memes were created by squadrons, Training Air Wing Five, and various departments on base. The judges visited each participating presentation.
Whiting Field SAPR News 8 FFSC SAPR Staff Celebrates Light Up The Night Event NAS Whiting Fields Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) SAPR team held Light Up The Night, an evolution of the Take Back The Night movement, on Fri day, April 13, 2018. Take Back the Night is a movement to spread awareness of sexual assault, rape, and domestic violence through demonstrations and night marches world-wide. With a history dating back to the 1970s, the movement rises periodically in response to instances of violence and murder against women. Aquila Ramsey, FFSC SAPR staff, organized NAS Whiting Fields iteration, which encouraged partici pants to take home a tealight of glowsticks to take pic tures of them lighting up the night and share them with FFSC to spread the message. The display also included freebies and a SAPR commitment signing, where partici pants promised to create an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported. The photos submitted by participants can be found on NAS Whiting Fields Fleet and Family Support Center Facebook page. Aquila Ramsey, FFSC SAPR staff, stands with her Light Up The Night display on Friday, April 13, 2018. (Photo by Jamie Link, By Lt. j.g. Luke Rague, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff The Light Up The Night display includes give aways to support the event and a SAPR commitment signing. A Light Up The Night participant shows off his tealight, glowsticks and glow-in-the-dark ballon to show support for ending violence against women. (Photo courtesy NAS Whiting Field FFSC)
Whiting Field SAPR News 9 NAS Whiting Field SAAPM Wingman Wing-Off Contest By Lt. j.g. Luke Rague, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs Staff leadership from each squadron, Training Air Wing Five and NAS Whiting Field. (Photos by Lt. j.g. Luke Rague, NASWF Public Affairs Staff.) Student Naval Aviators from VT-6 sample wings made by each command. The competition was held between a womens SAPR discussion and a brand new mens SAPR discussion, created to ad dress the services available to male victoms of sexual assault. NAS Whiting Field wins the day with their lemon pepper wings, earning bragging rights until next years Wingman Wing-Off. Ford, Fleet and Family Support Center SAPR Coordinator. NAS Whiting Field and Training Air Wing Five held a Wingman Wing-Off to round out Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month (SAAPM) 2018. The competition, which was supported and judged by staff from the Fleet and Family Support Center and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, pitted homemade chicken wing recipes from each squadron and command against each other for a trophy and bragging rights. Each squadron was allowed to sub mit two to three recipes to be judged, and they were scored on their overall showing. A womens SAPR discussion was held after the competition to address sexual assault and harass ment in the aviation community, and a brand new mens SAPR discussion was held before the competi tion. The mens panel is a new initiative in SAAPM to spread awareness of the services available on and off base for male sexual assault vicitms. The defending champion, Training Squadron to hand the Wingman Wing-Off Trophy over to NAS Whiting Field, at least until next year.