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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Hannah Walker, 633rd Force Support Squadron food service journeyman, sings live music at the Langley Marina on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Sept. 23, 2017. Airman ropes off stress, uses music
Sitting on the edge of her stool, staring out at a sea of faces staring back, she tunes her guitar. Once the guitar is just right she takes a sip of her drink, grabs her pick, takes a deep breath and begins playing. Senior Airman Hannah Walker, 633rd Force Support Squadron food service journeyman, is performing live at the Langley Marina. She occasionally does this to help destress and recenter herself.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman June Bell, 47th Medical Group troop and a participant of the Celebrate Life panel, shares her story during a break-out group discussion before present at the annual Senior Leaders Conference at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas Oct. 19, 2017. The presentations were the culmination of several days of discussions during the conference in which Airmen were divided into three groups and asked to get to know one another by telling their stories and drawing from one another's experiences. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chip Pons) AETC leaders learn from Airmen who celebrate life
Twenty-two Airmen, most from Air Education and Training Command and several from around the Air Force, presented their stories of resiliency and their ideas about how to celebrate life at AETC’s annual Senior Leaders' Conference at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Oct. 19, 2017.
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2017
Airman 1st Class Isaiah Randall, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, poses for a photo, Oct. 2, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Among four months of turmoil, Randall came to understand the true concept of resiliency, leaning on the support from his family, both by blood and by service, and God to guide him through. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Airman counters life's jabs
God. Family. Boxing. That’s all that matters to Airman 1st Class Isaiah Randall, 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice. Life’s unpredictable ups and downs often test people in ways that shake the foundations that give them peace though.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force psychologist considers social media’s role in suicide prevention
Social media connects us to more people than ever before, but these contacts may not be the type that help build resiliency. Strong interpersonal connections play a critical role in suicide prevention. Used correctly, social media can be an important tool in the suicide prevention toolbox for commanders, friends, and family.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Capt. David Simon takes a moment to focus during tryouts for the U.S. National Bobsled Team in Park City, Utah, on Nov. 2, 2016. His bid for that team ended with an injury, but he's still ultimately aiming for a spot on the U.S.A. Bobsled Team for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (Courtesy photo) It’s all downhill for upbeat Airman, bobsledder
Capt. David Simon, an elite bobsled athlete, is a stellar example of resiliency and upholding the four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness: mental, physical, social and spiritual.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: May 19
On this look around the Air Force, the F-35 Lightning II pilot minimum weight restriction has been lifted and May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
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2017
Senior Master Sgt. Robert Clark, a 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, and Staff Sgt. Mikele Long, a 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron member, perform their rendition of “Undescribable” during a Faith Works leadership luncheon, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, May 4, 2017. The U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps recently rolled out the Faith Works campaign to inform Airmen about the overwhelming evidence regarding the positive relationship between spirituality, religion, and health. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly) 386th AEW rolls out Faith Works, boosts spiritual fitness
The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing hosted the first Faith Works leadership forum in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, May 4, 2017.
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2017
Children participate in the trike-a-thon at the Nellis Child Development Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 14, 2017. The trike-a-thon was one of several activities held in April to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes/Released) DoD celebrates Month of the Military Child
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child by the Department of Defense Education Activity. This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Green Dot training prompts suicide intervention
An Air Force Life Cycle Management Center program manager at Hanscom Air Force Base credits her efforts to help a woman she worried was suicidal to Green Dot training she received.
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2017
Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, talks with Airmen from a 386th Air Expeditionary Wing aircraft maintenance unit at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia April 9, 2017. After their all call, Wilson and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited several units around base to interact with Airmen in their workplace. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Andrew Park) Vice Chief, CMSAF visit 386th AEW
The Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright visited the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, April 9, 2017.
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2017
Tech. Sgt. Terrance Williams, the 22nd Security Forces Squadron resources NCO in charge, poses for a photo March 28, 2017, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Since he began his recovery from depression, anxiety, alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder and a suicide attempt, Williams wants to help other people who are facing similar obstacles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin McClellan) A journey of resiliency: Healing the wounds that can’t be seen
Nine deployments, severe depression, anxiety and alcoholism, post-traumatic stress disorder and a suicide attempt were what drove one McConnell Airman to begin a journey to reshape his life.
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2017
Maj. Corey Carnes, Deployment Transition Center director, conducts a welcome brief for redeploying Airmen on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 2, 2017. The DTC takes redeployers through a four-day re-immersion course which aims to help them ease back into non-deployed life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua)

10,000 and counting; DTC here to serve more re-deployers
The Air Force Deployment Transition Center is continuing to push forth its mission to support the Air Force’s most valuable assets: Airmen. The deployment decompression facility, which recently marked the arrival of its 10,000th redeployer on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, aims to help Airmen coming home from deployment transition back into a non-deployed environment.
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2017
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks about leading Airmen at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium March 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) Wright: Airmen need to be ‘well trained, well led, resilient’
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright addressed the areas in which he looks to focus on during his tenure as the 18th chief master sergeant of the Air Force at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida, March 2, 2017.
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2017
Mandy and Capt. Matthew Douglas feed their children Nov. 3, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The twins, born premature at 23 weeks, 17 weeks earlier than normal, celebrated their third birthday with family Nov. 2. Being able to feed the children together is a rarity due to Matthew Douglas’ position as a logistical and support officer for Air Force Space Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spradling/Released) Premature twin miracles refuse to accept medical odds
Capt. Matthew Douglas and his wife, Mandy, share their story of how they have been able to lean on their Air Force family for the past three years as take care of their premature-born twins.
0 11/29
2016
Default Air Force Logo New program to help ISR aircrews cope with different kind of PTSD
Finding targets by watching and listening is, by nature, intensely personal and can have a long-lasting effect, to include post-traumatic stress disorder, on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Airmen involved. The 361st ISR Group is developing a ‘Re-Fit’ program which will assist Airmen in overcoming existing mental health disorders and prevent future problems.
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2016
Senior Master Sgt. Todd Kirkwood, 167th avionics superintendent, gives a thumbs up at mile 25 of the Chicago Marathon, Oct. 9, 2016. Kirkwood ran the marathon only eight months after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer. Airman beats cancer, completes 22nd marathon
His cancer diagnosis came as a complete surprise. After all, he had just run his 21st marathon. Other than a recent cold, he was a picture of perfect health. Chief Master Sgt. Todd Kirkwood, the 167th Maintenance Group superintendent, received the news of his diagnosis the day after Thanksgiving in 2015. Less than a year later, after a very aggressive treatment, he is cancer free and just completed his 22nd marathon.
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2016
Lt. Col. Felicia Burks, the 92nd Medical Support Squadron commander, drops a pair of boxing gloves Oct. 21, 2016, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. During her fight with cancer, Burks took up boxing as a way of staying physically fit. To her, the dropped gloves signify the end of her fight with cancer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello) Overcoming cancer, embracing life
She placed a pillow under her right shoulder and put her right arm behind her head on the bed. Using her left hand, she pressed the pads of her fingers around her right breast gently in small circular motions, covering the entire breast area and armpit.
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2016
Participants of the first Air Force resiliency teen camp, named BOUNCE, write in their folders July 14, 2016, at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. BOUNCE, which stands for Be optimistic, Observe thoughts, Use strengths, Never give up, Communicate effectively and Embrace you, was a weeklong camp designed to teach teens the necessary skills to overcome daily stressors associated to military families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi) Teens learn to BOUNCE back in first AF teen resiliency course
Twenty-four teenagers participated in the Air Force's first resiliency teen camp, named BOUNCE, from July 11-15 at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. BOUNCE, which stands for Be optimistic, Observe thoughts, Use strengths, Never give up, Communicate effectively and Embrace you, is a weeklong camp designed to teach teens the necessary skills to overcome daily stressors associated to military families.
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Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro throws a shotput during the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, Fla., May 10, 2016. He earned a gold medal in the men’s shot put in his disability category. (DOD photo/EJ Hersom) Del Toro inspires others during Invictus Games, earns gold at shot put
Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro is all about smiles and inspiring others as he competes at the Invictus Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
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2016
U.S. Air Force Maj. William Logan, a chaplain with the 35th Fighter Wing, holds a picture of his son, Zac, at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Feb. 23, 2016. Logan shared the story of his son’s suicide and the effects of the aftermath. He highlighted the recovery process hoping to inspire others to come forward for help in times of need. Logan is from Medina, Tennessee. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jordyn Fetter/Released) Chaplain survives aftermath of son’s suicide; spreads awareness
While enjoying a drive through the rolling Tennessee countryside with his wife, the shrill ring of his cell phone pierced through the tranquility of the moment. Maj. William D. Logan's daughter, Blair, managed to utter, "Zac has done something really bad."
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2016
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