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Warriors of the North launch Green Dot program

Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. launched the Green Dot Program April 27, 2016. The program focuses on positive actions referred to as ?green dots? to help prevent sexual assault, stalking, bullying, domestic violence and more, referred to as ?red dots.? Airmen will receive training on how to implement this program. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks/Released)

Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. launched the Green Dot Program April 27, 2016. The program focuses on positive actions referred to as ?green dots? to help prevent sexual assault, stalking, bullying, domestic violence and more, referred to as ?red dots.? Airmen will receive training on how to implement this program. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks/Released)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- The Warriors of the North kicked off the Green Dot program here April 27, 2016.

The Green Dot Program aims to empower every Airman to play a vital role in preventing power-based violence such as domestic, sexual assault, bullying and stalking. Several Airmen have already completed the training and have started the conversation about this new program.

Master Sgt. Kristi Charles, 319th Medical Operations Squadron dental flight chief, is happy to be one of the first Warriors of the North to complete the Green Dot class.

"I get excited about it," said Charles. "I am at the end of my career and I want nothing more than the people following in my footsteps to have the type of environment conducive to carrying on the legacy of the being the world's greatest Air Force."

Charles is one of the 319th Air Base Wing Green Dot coordinators and implementers. She said that in time all Warriors of the North will be trained in this new program.

"Green Dot itself is not a person, but a behavior or an act leading to preventing these mentioned behaviors also known as 'red dots,'" said Charles. "You might see green dots set up strategically throughout the base and this is to remind people that everyone has a role to play.  Everyone must do their part or the culture itself will not change."

With the launch underway, Charles believes that Green Dot will make a lasting impact on Grand Forks AFB and the Air Force.

"In a few years from now, I hope these issues will be a problem of the past and will experience a complete culture change," said Charles. "We are heading in the right direction."

The Warriors of the North can expect to see more information and training in the coming months.