OSI HQ holds Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Wingman Day

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  • By James C. Dillard
  • OSI Public Affairs
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations held a Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Wingman Day June 13 at Quantico, Va.

The purpose of the event was to bolster the support culture already established in OSI and to emphasize the importance of sexual assault awareness and prevention. The event enabled OSI Airmen to feel more comfortable with their teammates and encouraged an environment where everyone is looking out for everyone.

The OSI headquarters team at Quantico, Va. spent the day on teambuilding activities and sexual assault awareness training.

"The strength of the OSI family is in our ability to always find a way to support one another with respect and dignity," said Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Jacobsen, OSI commander. "Today's events will serve as the mortar to reinforce the OSI family structure and likewise help ensure that everyone knows that sexual assault and harassment will not be tolerated in our Air Force."

Department of Defense entities around the world will be holding SAPR Stand-Down Day events through the month of June as the DoD becomes increasingly more involved in preventing sexual assault and harassment.

In a recent message, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III underscored the importance of being good wingmen and working to prevent sexual assault in the Air Force.

"Harassment, unprofessional relationships and sexual assault all have terrible impacts on Airmen, families and units," Welsh said. "And every time I hear about another case, it breaks my heart."

Welsh further underscored his commitment to the Air Force's policy of zero tolerance for sexual assault.

"Let me be real clear - Every Airman, every single one of you, deserves to be treated with respect," he said. "All of us are responsible for creating a climate where that's the expectation."

Jacobsen has often emphasized his mantra of "performance matters" in the work OSI does for the Air Force and nation.

"Performance does matter, but we simply can't perform our jobs to the best of our ability if we can't rely on one another," Jacobsen said. "As wingmen, we can tackle any problem that comes our way, but we have to do it together for it to be a success."

For more information on the SAPR program, visit www.afpc.af.mil/library/sapr/index.asp.