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Yokota shares keys to resiliency with Japan allies

Micaela Alexander briefs Japan Self-Defense Forces members on ‘good listening’ practices March 3, 2015, at the Ministry of Defense in Ichigaya, Japan. Yokota Air Base’s resiliency team shared their skills with JSDF members as part of an annual seminar. Alexander is a 374th Airlift Wing community support coordinator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class David C. Danford)

Micaela Alexander briefs Japan Self-Defense Forces members on ‘good listening’ practices March 3, 2015, at the Ministry of Defense in Ichigaya, Japan. Yokota Air Base’s resiliency team shared their skills with JSDF members as part of an annual seminar. Alexander is a 374th Airlift Wing community support coordinator. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class David C. Danford)

U.S. forces, Japan and Chief Master Sgt. James Laurent briefs during an annual resiliency training course March 3, 2015, at the Ministry of Defense in Ichigaya, Japan. The Yokota Air Base resiliency team shared skills to improve communication between Japan Self-Defense Force leadership and their junior enlisted. Laurent is the 5th Air Force command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class David C. Danford)

U.S. forces, Japan and Chief Master Sgt. James Laurent briefs during an annual resiliency training course March 3, 2015, at the Ministry of Defense in Ichigaya, Japan. The Yokota Air Base resiliency team shared skills to improve communication between Japan Self-Defense Force leadership and their junior enlisted. Laurent is the 5th Air Force command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class David C. Danford)

Members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force demonstrate the interpersonal problem solving technique March 3, 2015, at the Ministry of Defense in Ichigaya, Japan. The technique is a five-step process to conflict resolution. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class David C. Danford)

Members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force demonstrate the interpersonal problem solving technique March 3, 2015, at the Ministry of Defense in Ichigaya, Japan. The technique is a five-step process to conflict resolution. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class David C. Danford)

Senior enlisted members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force listen as Yokota Air Base’s resiliency team share skills to improve communication between JSDF leadership and their junior enlisted March 3, 2015, at the Ministry of Defense in Ichigaya, Japan. Two techniques were taught by the team during the seminar. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class David C. Danford)

Senior enlisted members from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force listen as Yokota Air Base’s resiliency team share skills to improve communication between JSDF leadership and their junior enlisted March 3, 2015, at the Ministry of Defense in Ichigaya, Japan. Two techniques were taught by the team during the seminar. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class David C. Danford)

ICHIGAYA, Japan (AFNS) -- Resiliency can be defined as the ability to withstand, adapt or recover from life's adversities.

U.S. Airmen around the world are being taught skills and techniques to help them deal with the stress of military life, while maintaining mission readiness as part of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness.

To further the relationship between the U.S. Air Force and the Japan Self-Defense Forces, Master Sgt. Jonas McVey, a 374th Airlift Wing master resiliency trainer, and Micaela Alexander, a community support coordinator, were invited to the JSDF headquarters in Ichigaya alongside members of Yokota AB's senior leaders to share these skills with their JSDF counterparts .

"This course is about giving our troops the tools that they need," McVey said. "The more tools you have the more flexible you are when adversity comes."

During the three-hour briefing, warrant officers from JSDF were shown how to better communicate with their subordinates, co-workers, friends and family using good listening and interpersonal problem solving techniques. The first technique focuses on active listening through responsiveness and body language, while the second is a five-step process to resolve conflict.

"We may not always be able to come up with a solution immediately, but if I treat you with respect, we'll be able to talk about the problem again," McVey said. "It doesn't always mean that I get what I want, but it will be a conversation, not an argument."

After demonstrating the techniques' effectiveness, U.S. forces, Japan; and Chief Master Sgt. James Laurent, the 5th Air Force command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Paul Elliott, the 374th Airlift Wing command chief, shared their perspective on the resiliency program and the importance in taking care of their Airmen.

"The most important thing that a leader can do is to get to know their Airmen," Laurent said. "If you don't know what is normal for your Airmen, how will you know when something is abnormal?"

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