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Creech welcomes new SAPR SARC

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kristal Munguia
  • 432 WG/432 AEW Public Affairs

The base welcomed Melody Monroe as the new sexual assault response coordinator for the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program, January 31, 2022.

 

Monroe grew up in the small town Bartow, Florida with her mother, brother and grandparents. After graduating from high school, Monroe decided to leave her small town and enlist in the Air Force.

 

Monroe served for 20 years in the F-16 flight line avionics career field maintaining the onboard navigation, flights control system, navigation systems and wiring of the aircraft. Monroe has been stationed at Luke AFB, Kunsan Air Base, Shaw AFB, Sheppard AFB, and Holloman AFB.

 

“I was always ready for the next challenge,” said Monroe when it was her time to move to a new base.  

 

Between 2005 and 2006, Monroe was deployed for six months to Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, now referred to as Transit Center at Manas.

 

“I enjoyed a different environment because I got to work outside the norm,” said Monroe when asked why she enjoyed this deployment.

 

However, Monroe also pointed out the challenges she faced during her deployment. The main challenge Monroe had to cope with was her separation from her two young children.

 

To help with this challenge, Monroe got involved with the community and would do morale calls to reach her kids.

 

“It can be tough at times,” said Monroe about having to juggle between being a mom and Airman. “You have to balance your work and home life, and find care for your kids during strange duty hours.”

 

During her last five years of service, Monroe became a volunteer victim advocate. Monroe was inspired to become an advocate because of her friends who have gone through sexual assault and wanted to help Airmen on their road to recovery.

 

After retiring in 2018, Monroe continued to be part of the SAPR program at Nellis AFB as a civilian victim advocate.

 

When Monroe became a volunteer and civilian victim advocate, she had to go through an initial 1.5 week long training. She then received continuing education to stay up-to-speed on program specifics, victim care, self-care, and how to effectively help survivors.

 

With eight years of experience, Monroe applied for the SARC position at Creech AFB. Monroe was hired and went through an initial two week training; she continues to receive ongoing training. Additionally, every year, the Air Force Integrated Resilience Office, institute a mandatory training for all SARCs and victim advocates to come together for further education and training.

 

One of the most rewarding moments is when clients come back and express their appreciation of the support given, said Monroe, after looking back in her career as a SARC coordinator. These moments made a difference in Monroe’s life and she feels like it has given her a purpose in life.

 

“Airmen should find their passion and what they would like to do and go after it,” said Monroe. “This is my passion—helping people with this program. I hope to make a difference.”

 

During her time here, Monroe aims to bring overall awareness to the program and to make the process less daunting for clients. She encourages that each unit at Creech reaches out to her so she may introduce herself to the Airmen.

 

For more information about the SAPR office, please visit the Creech SAPR website