Sexual Harassment, Assault, PTSD, Suicide

158th Fighter Wing
Vermont Air National Guard
Purpose: To offer two iterations the “What One Person Can Do” program to address issues of general well-being, ownership, responsibility as well as specifically deal with issues related and not restricted to productivity, efficiency, sexual misconduct, suicide, PTSD and integrity.
It is with great joy that we announce the commencement of this project with the Vermont Air National Guard. Friday October 23rd, Colonel Patrick Guinee and his Administrative Team will begin the work of WOPCD as described above. The effectiveness of the work will not be based on whether the participants “liked the work” or any of the measures we have used in the past to evaluate our work. The evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

  • Have the number of sexual harassment incidents decreased?
  • Have the number of sexual assaults decreased?
  • Is the operation of the base, in all areas, more efficient?
  • Is ownership and responsibility being demonstrated in quantitative terms?
  • Is communication more effective?

This is an opportunity to demonstrate whether the wellness of an institution is directly connected to the wellness of the individuals within it. The opportunity is incredible and we are deeply grateful for it.

Update as of May 4, 2016.
We are now in our second iteration, training two groups of 18 participants each and a third group of eight being trained as potential conveners of the conversation. A third phase is in the design process and scheduled to begin in June, 2016. While the word of moth response is excellent, we stand by the evaluation tools as planned at the outset.
Bill Cumming