MILFORD, Mass. – A Massachusetts Airman was honored as the 2010 Exceptional Sexual Assault Coordinator for the National Guard Bureau at an award ceremony in the Hall of Heroes’ at the Pentagon in Arlington Va., April 9, 2010.
Air Force 2nd Lt. Lori A. Alix, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the Massachusetts National Guard, temporarily returned to the U.S. from Kuwait where she had been serving as a protocol officer with the 386 Air Expeditionary Wing in order to receive the award. Before receiving her award Alix met face to face with senior leaders from the Department of Defense to discuss issues that she has faced preventing and responding to sexual assaults in the field.
Although one person can make a difference in the lives of many, every Soldier and Airmen has a role in preventing and responding appropriately to sexual assault. Alix credited the program’s success with support from the field and from her command saying, “I am truly honored to have been selected to represent the National Guard as the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the year. However, the true recognition goes to my state command for their program support, as well, as the Soldiers and Airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard for their responsiveness to training,” said Alix.
Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard, expressed his feelings about how Alix’s leadership has set the example and the potential benefits to the National Guard saying, “I am proud that 2nd Lt. Alix was chosen to receive this well-deserved honor. The award underscores her unequaled commitment, professionalism and service as our SARC, all of which serves as a model for her peers to emulate.”
The purpose of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program is to reinforce the Massachusetts National Guard’s and National Guard Bureau’s commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual assault through a comprehensive policy that centers on awareness, prevention education and victim advocacy. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard receive regularly scheduled and needs based sexual assault prevention and response training.