Grissom VR

Chief Master Sgt. Nathan Parks, 434th Air Refueling Wing command chief, takes part in the suicide prevention virtual reality training demo on April 30. The 30-minute training aims to familiarize Airmen with suicide prevention skills. The training involves putting on a virtual reality headset and entering a scenario where they interact with an Airman in distress.

Airmen from across the 434th Air Refueling Wing participated in a suicide prevention virtual reality training demonstration from April 30 to May 2 at Grissom Air Reserve Base.

The training is a pilot program currently used within the Air Mobility Command to move beyond typical computer-based training. However, Grissom received a demo version to test the technology’s capability with teaching Airmen how to talk to someone who might be emotionally distressed. Grissom is also the first Air Force Reserve Command unit to receive a demo version to test the new training.