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Connecting the dots

Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. -- The Schriever Integrated Delivery System hosted a leadership immersion at the Airman and Family Readiness Center Dec. 10, for new commanders, superintendents and first sergeants to help familiarize them with resources available through the base.

The two-hour class featured face time with representatives of essential base agencies to equip commanders and their units for the future.

"It's a care team basically," said Jena Biena, 50th Space Wing community support coordinator.

The IDS, a group of helping agencies, along with wing agencies, consists of the Airman and Family Readiness Center, 50th Force Support Squadron services flight, Chaplain's office, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Equal Opportunity office, Family Advocacy, mental health, health promotion coordinator and 50 FSS marketing department.

Bienia, who organized the event, said it was a one-stop shop for all in attendance.

"We brought the resources to them," Bienia said. "The hope is for the commanders, first sergeants and superintendents to feel more confident and familiar when reaching out to any one of the offices for support."

She said it's her job to connect the dots, so to speak.

"I help spread information about resources, ensure training and connect personnel with off-base resources," Bienia said. "It's vital because these leaders are new here and they need to know what we can do for them."

Bienia, who says they have so much to offer them, hopes to make this an annual class so as to keep up with the turnaround of squadron commanders.

"There were takeaways for everyone involved," said Bienia.

One of those takeaways for Chaplain (Maj.) Martin Adamson, 50 SW, was essential to his role here.

"Being very new to the base, it was good to put a face to the various helping agencies," he said.

The chaplain's office uses these resources to assist members in need.

"If there is a need that arises, I already know who to reach out to," said Adamson. "I haven't been here too long, but I get a good sense of community."
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