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Comedian Mike Paramore, performs at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Paramore was the headline comedian at a drive-in comedy show for Buckley Connects Day. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley N. Blevins)

Comedian Mike Paramore, performs at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Paramore was the headline comedian at a drive-in comedy show for Buckley Connects Day. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley N. Blevins)

Col. Devin Pepper, Buckley Garrison commander, speaks to Team Buckley during a virtual event hosted live from Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Buckley hosted the event to discuss various topics including suicide awareness, post-traumatic stress disorder, cyberbullying and financial issues. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley N. Blevins)

Col. Devin Pepper, Buckley Garrison commander, speaks to Team Buckley during a virtual event hosted live from Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Buckley hosted the event to discuss various topics including suicide awareness, post-traumatic stress disorder, cyberbullying and financial issues. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley N. Blevins)

Comedian David Rodriguez, performs for Buckley Connects Day at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Buckley Connects Day involved a variety of events including live virtual discussions covering a range of topics, a drive-in comedy show and a drive-in movie. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley N. Blevins)

Comedian David Rodriguez, performs for Buckley Connects Day at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Buckley Connects Day involved a variety of events including live virtual discussions covering a range of topics, a drive-in comedy show and a drive-in movie. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Haley N. Blevins)

Master Sgt. Jacob Miller, 661st Aeronautical Engineering Support Squadron superintendent of special projects, shares his testimony during Buckley Connects Day at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Miller shared his story about some of his darkest times dealing with physical and mental health issues as a Senior Airman and how he overcame them. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Garavito)

Master Sgt. Jacob Miller, 661st Aeronautical Engineering Support Squadron superintendent of special projects, shares his testimony during Buckley Connects Day at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Miller shared his story about some of his darkest times dealing with physical and mental health issues as a Senior Airman and how he overcame them. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Garavito)

Col. Devin Pepper, Buckley Garrison commander, and his wife, Alicia Pepper, provide opening remarks prior to the stand up comedy show for Buckley Connects Day at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Team buckley members used this time to wind down after tough conversation during Buckley Connects Day. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Garavito)

Col. Devin Pepper, Buckley Garrison commander, and his wife, Alicia Pepper, provide opening remarks prior to the stand up comedy show for Buckley Connects Day at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Team buckley members used this time to wind down after tough conversation during Buckley Connects Day. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Garavito)

Chief Master Sgt. Robert Devall, Buckley Garrison command chief, speaks to Team Buckley during a Facebook live session for Buckley Connects Day at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Buckley Connects Day included virtual training sessions, a drive-in comedy show and a drive-in movie. The intent of Buckley Connects day is to  encourage engagement with others, foster connections, inspire individuals to seek help in times of need. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Garavito)

Chief Master Sgt. Robert Devall, Buckley Garrison command chief, speaks to Team Buckley during a Facebook live session for Buckley Connects Day at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. Buckley Connects Day included virtual training sessions, a drive-in comedy show and a drive-in movie. The intent of Buckley Connects day is to encourage engagement with others, foster connections, inspire individuals to seek help in times of need. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Garavito)

Event staff meet to discuss logistics for Buckley Connects Day at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. The stand up comedy event featured Comedians Mike Paramore and David Rodriguez.  (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Garavito)

Event staff meet to discuss logistics for Buckley Connects Day at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Sept. 25, 2020. The stand up comedy event featured Comedians Mike Paramore and David Rodriguez. (U.S. Space Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew Garavito)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Team Buckley hosted Buckley Connects Day on Sept. 25, 2020 to take part in discussions linked to factors contributing to suicide.

Buckley Connects Day was hosted during Suicide Prevention Month to bring awareness to suicide, an issue that plagues our Air Force and society at large.

“This day is a very powerful day,” said Colonel Devin Pepper, Buckley Garrison commander. “We have a lot of really brave individuals who are willing to share their stories.” 

The day kicked-off with a panel discussion titled, “Taking a stand against suicide and increasing awareness of helping agencies.”  

Guest speakers discussed mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, cyber-bullying and financial issues. They also highlighted helping agencies available to address and overcome each issue. 

“It’s so important to dedicate time to talk about these things,” said Chief Master Sgt. Robert Devall. “You’re not alone in your thoughts or your feelings, and we need you to know that. Asking for help is definitely not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.” 

In efforts to transition from the tough, serious conversations in the morning, Buckley Garrison partnered with the United Service Organization to provide a drive-in lunch and a live, drive-in, comedy show. The headline comedian, Mike Paramor, took center stage to provide light hearted jokes, in efforts to boost morale to those in attendance.

To conclude the day, Buckley hosted a drive-in movie for Team Buckley members and their families.

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