| 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support) | Feb. 4, 2020
As the military recognizes Black history Month the 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support) is highlighting team members integral to the commands overall mission, success and deployability. Ms. Jennika Walton is the Suicide Prevention Program Manager for the 3D MC(DS) and former NCO in the US Air Force. (Photo by Courtesy)
As the military recognizes Black History Month the 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support) is highlighting team members integral to the commands overall mission, success and deployability.
Ms. Jennika Walton is the Suicide Prevention Program Manager for the 3D MC(DS), and here is what she said about service and being a member of the 3D MC(DS) team.
I was born and raised in Radcliff, KY. I joined the United States Air Force in 2008, where I served on Active Duty for eight years. Ironically, I was initially supposed to join the Army, but the day I was due to report to MEPS, I changed my mind and decided to FLY, FIGHT, WIN... although, I didn’t actually get to fly; as many tend to think everyone in the Air Force does. I served as a Traffic Management Specialist, where my primary duties were to utilize military and commercial transportation to move personnel, eligible dependents, materials, property, packages, and also classify and arrange personal property and cargo for shipment or storage. Even though this was my primary duty, I found myself spending a lot of time mentoring and assisting Airmen in need, with assignments in North Carolina, Korea, Germany, Kuwait, and lastly… Kansas, which ultimately sparked my separation. :)
I’ve always had a heart to help others, which is why I completed both Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in the Psychology field. I currently manage the Suicide Prevention Program for the 3D MC(DS) where I facilitate and track training, hosts awareness events, analyze data to help mitigate high risk behaviors, coordinate with external organizations for resources, provide consistent follow up for Soldiers with suicidal ideations, develop safe plans, and more.
Suicide has claimed the lives of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends, coworkers and not just Soldiers. If someone dies by suicide, it doesn’t hurt any less than any other type of death. Suicide prevention is vital because everyone deserves to know that they are important, loved, needed, and worthy. It is important for people to know that there are resources willing to help and there are people around that truly do care. That’s why I love my position, because if someone is thinking of suicide and feels no one cares, at least they could know that I do.
I couldn’t be more proud to have served our country, and now be able to be a service to Soldiers.