98 airmen have died by suicide so far in 2020, Air Force chief says | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

98 airmen have died by suicide so far in 2020, Air Force chief says

Ninety-eight airmen have died by suicide so far in 2020, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown Jr. told reporters on Wednesday, with the service on pace to meet the record which last year prompted the branch to take a tactical pause to address the problem.

“We’ve got work ahead, i’ll just be honest with you,” Brown said. “We’ve made some progress, because the stressors are much different [this year], but there’s still more work to be done.”

The new tally clarifies comments Brown made three weeks earlier about how the Air Force is “on a path to be as bad" as 2019 in terms of suicide losses.

Briefing slides leaked to the popular Facebook page Air Force amn/nco/snco in February showed that 137 airmen and Air Force civilians died by suicide in 2019, a 33 percent increase over the previous year.

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