by Staff Sgt. Tom Swanson
102nd Intelligence Wing Public Affairs
8/30/2015 - OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. -- Members
of the 102nd Intelligence Wing came together on base to participate in
the first Sexual Assault Prevention and Response 5K Run/Walk on August
The purpose of the event was to promote awareness of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program.
The 5K course had signs posted along the route that provided statistical
information about sexual assault prevention. The purpose of the signs
was to teach and bring attention to the magnitude of the problem we face
as a military community.
"We want male and female members to know that they can report any
incidents of sexual assault to one of the victim advocates here at the
102nd Intelligence Wing." said Senior Master Sgt. John Noland, Wing
Victim advocates are non-biased wing personnel who help survivors get
the services they need, in addition to assisting them in reporting the
incident through restricted or unrestricted reporting channels.
"It is a silent issue that affects many." said 102nd Intelligence Wing
Chaplin Derek White. "The more awareness we can raise, the better for
There were over 150 participants and volunteers who enjoyed the
afternoon event. Runners registered as individuals and as members of
their unit to compete in the monthly Commander's Cup competition. This
month the 102nd Medical Group won the Commanders Cup. Individually, the
top three women to finish the race were 1st Lt. Elise
Galvanin-Ellsworth of the 102 Medical Group, Tech. Sgt. Mary Hartford
of the 101st Intelligence Squadron, and Capt. Suzanne Carson of the 102
Air Operations Group. The men were led by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Hero of the
202nd Weather Flight, followed by Rank Airman First Class Ian Connell of
the 102nd Security Forces Squadron, and Senior Airman Antonio Polson of
the 101st Intelligence Squadron.
Currently the wing Victim Advocates are Maj. Michael McGourty, Senior
Master Sgt. John Noland, Master Sgt. Tracy Sylvia and Tech. Sgt. Alexis
Colonna. The wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator is Lt. Col. Lisa
"This is a wonderful way to raise awareness about this issue in the
military, and we did it together to raise support," said Chaplain White.