On a Suicide Mission

Ringing in the year signals a new beginning for many people as they pursue resolutions to make positive changes in their lives. For others, the resolutions are of a much darker nature: to end their lives. In the first weeks of 2002, several active-duty members in Air Education and Training Command attempted suicide. One succeeded. A technical training instructor assigned to an AETC squadron in North Carolina died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at his off-base residence in mid-January. Then in April, another airman in Florida took his own life. He hung himself. Suicide is the...

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