FTAC incorporates new resiliency training into curriculum
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- To assist the Air Force's newest Airmen with their transition into the service, and help them learn to cope with the daily stressors of work and their personal lives, the First Term Airman Center here introduced the new Master Resiliency training course into their curriculum June 28. The class is mandated by Headquarters AF to ensure that every incoming Airman is equipped with the tools needed to be resilient on and off duty.
"The resiliency training not only teaches a new way of thinking, but it allows our Airmen to put these new skills into action in the classroom," said Carolyn Craig-Sprow, 51st Fighter Wing community support coordinator. "Training like this is needed, especially for our Airmen at Osan, because of the type of work they do and the mission requirements here. This class is designed to give people those skills before they need them, so when situations arise, they are prepared."
The eight-hour class features interactive discussions and situational examples based off of the four Comprehensive Airmen Fitness domains: mental, social, physical and spiritual health. The different sections of training encourage Airmen to focus on specific ideas when facing challenges, such as positive thinking, building gratitude, improving quality of life, being aware of personal influences, situation perception and priorities.
Master Sgt. Don Slayton, 51st Force Support Squadron fitness and sports complex section chief, is certified as a master resiliency trainer and led the course here. All trainers must attend a two-week course at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakenhurt, N.J. in order to become certified.
"I had the opportunity to attend the very first Master Resiliency training [at McGuire]," said Slayton. "I realized that a lot of the skills they taught us, and that we're giving these Airmen are things that we already know and use, we're just putting a name to it. The thing I want Airmen to take away about resiliency is that it's not something you can do after the fact, it's preemptive. It's a tool kit that you can put in your pocket so when a situation or a stressor comes up, you can pull one of these ideas or scenarios and use it prior to."
The course will continue for all future FTAC classes, giving many Airmen the knowledge needed to be successful in today's military. With the ongoing changes and flexibility required of all personnel of the AF, resiliency is essential.
"We have a lot of stress day-to-day," Slayton said. "Just the fact of wearing that uniform - not everybody can defend what we believe in. On top of that, there's the stress of being separated from our families, and coping with the many different cultures, beliefs and personalities of our diverse service. Things can happen in life, and it's not always going to be smooth. We have to learn to be more patient, count our blessings, and understand and appreciate when what the good things are. Resiliency."