SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
“Take care of our Airmen and families always,” is one of the 50th Space Wing’s priorities.
Sometimes, it may be easy to forget about work-life balance. However, there is a program in place to remind Airmen and their families of skill sets they can use in their daily lives to keep the balance: the Resilience Program.
There are 11 Comprehensive Airmen Fitness resilience skills such as gratitude, balance your thinking, values-based goals, capitalizing on strengths, mindfulness, spiritual and physical health.
“Research has shown gaining resilience skills creates stronger work performance, creativity and decision-making,” said Jessica Schroeder, 50th SW community support coordinator. “The goal is to improve quality of life for Airmen and help create stronger relationships with their family, friends and co-workers.”
The Integrated Delivery System, otherwise known as Schriever’s “Helping Agencies,” holds meetings to identify issues in the community and develop programs to address them. During the quarterly Community Action Information Board meetings, Schroeder and Helping Agency representatives brief base leadership on any issues or trends across the installation. The IDS develops tactics to help Airmen build resilience.
Currently, Schriever has 20 master resiliency trainers and 23 resilience training assistants. RTAs are responsible for assisting installation MRTs in delivering unit-resilience training.
First Lt. Sarah D’Alessandro, 50th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section chief, is one of Schriever’s MRTs.
“I have been an MRT since the beginning of this year,” D’Alessandro said. “So far, my experience has been great. I love teaching these skills to Airmen; they soak it up like a sponge. Personally, it’s changed my way of living. Gaining these skills and learning the scientific background behind it has helped me with my quality of life and how I deal with adversity.”
While resilience trainers teach Airmen at the First Term Airman’s Course and units throughout the base year-round, Schriever’s main resilience event is Wingman Day, which takes place twice a year.
“The curriculum the MRTs and RTAs teach was compiled by the Air Force,” Schroeder said. “They are scientific-based tools that help Airmen handle stress better and bounce back from adversity.”
According to Schroeder and D’Alessandro, base members have expressed positive feedback after MRTs and RTAs have taught resilience courses.
“Members can utilize these resiliency skills not only in the work place but at home as well,” D’Alessandro said. “By adapting the various skills Comprehensive Airmen Fitness teaches us, we can utilize them to help us cope with any stressors that we may have in the household or with our families.”
Currently, Schroeder and the Helping Agencies are working toward bringing IDS resources to units.
Schroeder’s goal is to be able to offer resources on the units’ time and in their environment to teach them about finance, healthy relationships, resilience courses and others as they are developed.
“The Resilience Program is important because Airmen are important,” Schroeder said. “We all face challenges that can come in many different forms. These skills are so helpful in being able to not only handle stress, but grow through it, which is an incredible thing.”
For more information on the Resilience Program or Helping Agencies, contact Jessica Schroeder at 567-5726. To learn more about Schriever’s Helping Agencies, call 567- 4357 (HELP) or visit http://www.schriever.af.mil/LeanOnMe_Schriever/.