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Kunsan’s Resiliency Week 2021: providing servicemembers lifetime tools

Ms. Neli Meier, 8th Fighter Wing community support coordinator, poses with Resiliency Week stress ball during a resiliency training class on June 23, 2021, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Multiple base organizations came together between June 20 to 25 to run Kunsan’s Resiliency Week. U.S.  Airmen and Soldiers stationed here participated in activities from promoting and healthy habits informing members on the many base programs designed for overcoming resiliency challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. James Cason)

Ms. Neli Meier, 8th Fighter Wing community support coordinator, poses with Resiliency Week stress ball during a resiliency training class on June 23, 2021, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Multiple base organizations came together between June 20 to 25 to run Kunsan’s Resiliency Week. U.S. Airmen and Soldiers stationed here participated in activities from promoting and healthy habits informing members on the many base programs designed for overcoming resiliency challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. James Cason)

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Resiliency isn’t just a buzz word at Kunsan Air Base. According to Ms. Neli Meier, the 8th Fighter Wing community support coordinator. Resilience means being able to thrive, no matter where you go.

“When airmen start their journey in the military, building resiliency is very important to be able to adapt to military culture and withstand being constantly relocated,” said Meier.

Multiple base organizations came together between June 20 to 25 to run Kunsan’s Resiliency Week. U.S. Airmen and Soldiers stationed here participated in activities from promoting and healthy habits informing members on the many base programs designed for overcoming resiliency challenges.

“We know the military lifestyle can take a toll on Airmen, so we try to equip them with resilience skills to grow stronger in the four domains and complete the mission,” said Meier.

Meier went into how the Air Force has developed a Comprehensive Airman Fitness program focusing on developing life skills Airmen can use throughout their careers and lives in four domains: mental, physical, social and spiritual.

This week highlighted all the helping agencies, helped Airmen become familiarized with the four pillars so they can use when or if they need help. These agencies include Chaplain Services, Mental Health Clinic, Family Advocacy, Airman and Family Readiness Center, Area Defense Counsel, Alcohol Drug abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT) Program, Health and Wellness Center (HAWC), Equal Opportunity, Air Force Aid Society, and more.

“The hope is you get the message across in a positive manner, and give Airmen the tools they need to succeed, and you do make a difference,” said Master Sgt. Andrew Hobart, resiliency week program manager. “As you move up in the ranks, you start fine tuning these tools and skills, not only for ourselves, but also to develop those in the ranks below us.”

To gather more information or to become more involved with Resiliency Program at Kunsan, please email 8FW.CVB.ResilienceTraining@us.af.mil