Green Dot training continues empowering Airmen across MacDill

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  • By Senior Airman Tori Schultz
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
In December of 2015, the Air Force announced the Green Dot training program, a five-year strategy to decrease interpersonal violence across the service. The Green Dot program focuses on providing tools and training through activities, open dialogue and a peer-to-peer learning style to create realistic options for preventing power-based acts of violence.

Thirteen representatives from the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida completed a four-day training course at Robins AFB, Georgia and began implementing the Green Dot program throughout the installation with weekly training sessions.

"We have trained 670 Airmen since May 10, 2016 through our Green Dot implementers," said Tech. Sgt. Chloe Martin, Installation Green Dot Coordinator.

The course consists of a 50-minute training overview session introducing the Green Dot program which includes different ways a bystander can intervene in a power-based violence situation, and an interactive activity to put the learned skills to use.

Green Dot implementers teach Airmen ways to intervene during acts of interpersonal violence in a manner in which they may be more comfortable and more likely to speak up.

"The intent of Green Dot training is to equip people with a variety of preventative tools and methods that enable everyone to take action against forms of power based personal violence," said Airman 1st Class Ashley Adkins, 6th Air Mobility Wing Green Dot implementer.

The implementers mission isn't over, they will continue to spread awareness through different trainings and activities on base. In the future, the team plans on partnering with the Family Advocacy Program during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is in October.

"As an installation our goal is to have every Air Force member, including the tenant units, on MacDill trained by Oct. 30, 2016," said Martin.