IdeaStream.org (May 8, 2020) — More airmen died by suicide in 2019 than have been killed in combat operations during America’s 18-year-long war in Afghanistan. Last year, 137 uniformed airmen and Air Force civilian employees died by suicide, representing a 33% increase versus 2018’s data. The Air Force hopes a new initiative — distribution of free cable-style locks for personal firearms — will begin to slow the trend. The Air Force is shipping 150,000 cable gun locks to every installation in the United States for distribution to service members on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately 35,000 locks will make it to Air Force installations in the Washington metropolitan area between Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling and the Pentagon. Read Victoria Chamberlain’s full story.