AETC bases to conduct June stand-down|
Posted 6/25/2013 Updated 6/25/2013
Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
6/25/2013 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Air Education and Training Command bases will have a command-wide stand-down during the month of June to focus on dignity, trust and respect toward fellow Airmen.
A directive was issued to each branch of service by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to use the stand-down to mitigate an ongoing trend of sexual misconduct across the DoD. He directs "purposeful and direct engagement by commanders" so that every member of the Armed Forces understands they are accountable for fostering a climate where sexist behaviors, sexual harassment and sexual assault are not tolerated, condoned or ignored.
"AETC's stand-down day will be used to ensure there is buy-in by everyone that this problem exists, that each of us takes ownership of the problem and takes steps to be proactive and address it in whatever capacity we can," said Christine Burnett, AETC sexual assault and response coordinator. "All Airmen, from senior leaders down to lowest level will know this is everyone's problem to solve."
Each wing will conduct mandatory commander's calls to begin the stand-down, and from there, each has the flexibility to design the most meaningful activities and events for members of their team. Commanders across AETC will directly engage with their Airmen to underscore the Air Force's intolerance of sexual assault and to firmly establish a climate of respect for all.
"AETC SARCs are working with their wing commanders to design and lead meaningful stand-down events that will build on what has already been accomplished," she said. "If we achieve the desired results, workplaces and work behaviors that are bound by respect and dignity for all, can only make AETC and our Air Force better and stronger."