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  • Sometimes You Need A Spotter

    Eight years ago, an airman was injured while trying to rescue his coworker from a workplace accident. That injury set a cycle into motion of addiction and mental health issues. Tragically, that airman passed. His brother, Master Sgt. Johnathon Lind, Co-Chair of the Mental Health Military Action Working Group with Sword Athena 2021, now advocates for the importance of mental health as he continues to work through his grief and heals.
  • Sword Athena 2021 Drives Positive Change for Servicewomen & Families

    A coalition of volunteers from across Air Combat Command came together to identify, tackle, and propose solutions to female- and family-centric barriers to readiness during the second annual Sword Athena 2021. The grassroots event culminated in an outbrief to Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of ACC, in late May.
  • Sword Athena shines light on Reserve, ANG obstacles

    When Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., took office in 2020, he released an Air Force wide document “Accelerate Change or Lose.” This tasked units to adjust for the future of the Air Force, which would be more diverse, inclusive and ready. Air Combat Command’s Sword Athena 2021 event provided a forum for ACC Airmen to pitch ideas that accelerated change and tackled female and family-centric barriers to readiness.
  • Challenging Assumptions: ACC officer volunteers to improve Spouse Inclusivity

    It’s been a busy and exciting year for Capt. Alexandra Bissey, an Air Force officer serving as an air battle manager and the chief of weapons and tactics for the 16th Airborne Command and Control Squadron at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. She and her husband recently welcomed their first child, and Bissey is set to take on a fulfilling instructor position at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis AFB, Nevada, later this Fall.
  • Sword Athena 2021 launches with virtual ceremony

    Air Combat Command launched the second iteration of its Sword Athena (SA) leadership development & action-oriented event with a virtual ceremony, March 23, 2020.  Over the next 60 days, nominees from across the command will work to solve stressors for Airmen and their families identified after last year’s event, through online crowdsourcing, and nominees’ experiences while collaborating in Mission Area Working Groups (MAWGs).
  • New Hair Regulations Improve Readiness of ACC Airmen

    Recent updates to Air Force dress and appearance standards were a win for Airmen who advocated for a broader set of professional hairstyles for women in uniform. These changes, along with normalizing support to nursing mothers, identifying improperly fitting equipment, and demystifying seeking mental health assistance were among the central issues of Air Combat Command’s inaugural Sword Athena event last year. Sword Athena is designed to identify, tackle and present solutions to female and family-centric barriers to readiness using crowd-sourced topics and a Mission Area Working Group (MAWG) model.
  • ACC’s 2nd annual Sword Athena kicks off this month

    Air Combat Command is excited to kick off the second-annual Sword Athena 2021 (SA2021) forum for rising leaders across all ranks to focus on issues that impact readiness this month! The SA2021 event, modeled after the Weapons and Tactic Conferences (WEPTAC), focus’ on female, family and human centric issues.
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