Airmen build resiliency with small-group discussions, activities

by Airman 1st Class Dillian Bamman, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Osan Air Base

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- The 51st Fighter Wing hosted a Resilient Airman Day to build on Comprehensive Airmen Fitness Dec. 7 here.

Osan Airmen began the day with discussions on equal opportunity, the "Step Up, Step In" program and suicide prevention.

"With RAD, we seek to reinforce our priorities of leadership, fitness and community along the four pillars of resiliency: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual," said Maj. William Yoakley, 51st Fighter Wing commander's action group officer.

Step Up, Step In is a program that encourages Airmen to appropriately intervene when witnessing acts not following Air Force Core Values.

"Simply speaking up when you see something that is questionable could save someone's career, maybe even a life," said Lt. Col. Trent Davis, 51st Fighter Wing chaplain.

With the holiday season underway, most Airmen at Osan are separated from their families, which can cause a buildup of stress.

"These next few months are difficult for a lot of us here," said Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander. "It's important to understand when you or your Airmen need help and where to go for it.

"The focus of [RAD] is to take care of the Airmen around us, so we're always ready to fight," he added.

After the in-depth discussions, Osan Airmen participated in group activities like hiking or paintball to strengthen their physical pillar of resiliency and build camaraderie within each unit.

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