Team Robins joins local community for Triple Ribbon Month observance Published Oct. 12, 2015 By Angela Woolen ROBINS PUBLIC AFFAIRS ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- During October, there's a triple threat of awareness which leaders want to bring to the forefront. This month everyone is tripling their efforts - and ribbons - to promote awareness about breast cancer, drug use and domestic abuse. To kick off Triple Ribbon Awareness Month, base officials partnered with city and county leaders for a proclamation ceremony at Central Georgia Technical College's Warner Robins campus Oct. 1. "These are three very important social issues," Col. Jeffrey King, Robins' installation commander, said at the event. He went on to say that bringing these issues to the front helps drive out problems "that tear at the fabric of our community." The guest speaker, Rachel Hollar, is the affiliate coordinator for the Susan G. Komen Central Georgia chapter. She stressed that early detection and regular check-ups were imperative to detect breast cancer in its early stages. The chapter estimates that nearly 6,000 women in Georgia were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Of those, there were 1,146 deaths due to the disease. "The goal is to save lives and end breast cancer forever," Hollar said. The foundation has given grants to five local breast health programs and between 2013-14 provided 865 free screening and mammogram services for Middle Georgia residents, according to its website www.komencentralga.org. The proclamation was signed by King, Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms, Centerville Mayor John Harley, Perry Mayor Jimmy Faircloth and Houston County Commissioner Tommy Stalnaker. Banners inside the CGTC campus were a tribute to each cause. The red sign of substance abuse awareness stated "stopping abuse before it begins; promoting a safe and healthy community." Breast cancer's pink banner read, "give hope with early detection and education; fight cancer with a plan." Finally "don't let them suffer in silence" was the motto for the purple banner for domestic violence awareness. Events will be conducted throughout the month both at Robins and in the surrounding community. For more information contact the HAWC at 478-327-8480 or Family Advocacy at 478-327-8398.