EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --
The 354th Fighter Wing hosted a resiliency day event focused on wellness and personal development while encouraging Airmen and their families to be more proactive about taking care of themselves and each other, Oct. 18.
The event saw Eielson Airmen gather at the Baker Field House in civilian clothes for discussions with guest speakers including retired Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Brinkley, CEO of On the Brink Consulting; Maj. Michael Glotfelter, 354th Medical Operations Squadron clinical health psychologist; and Capt. (Dr.) Regan Stiegmann, U.S Air Force Academy performance medicine and lifestyle medicine physician.
“Today is not just about resiliency; today is about readiness,” said Col. Benjamin Bishop, 354th Fighter Wing commander. “Today is about us being able to execute the mission to the utmost of our ability, and our ability to accomplish that mission has never been more important than it is today. In order to accomplish our mission effectively, especially as we grow as a fighter wing and a community, I need every one of you to perform at your best. We are investing in you today.”
Guest speakers at resiliency day focused on themes such as leadership, self-care, and community building. The event included a guided mindfulness exercise and a presentation on the benefits of a plant-based diet.
“I came here because you matter,” said Brinkley while addressing the crowd. “You represent the best that America has to offer. We’re challenging you to become empowered with the information you’re going to get here today and do something with it.”
The resiliency day concluded with a club fair showcasing the many clubs and organizations available to Icemen and their families, including various sports teams, a gardening and chicken-raising club, and a club for new moms.
By providing Eielson Airmen with the tools they need to become more resilient and create a stronger, more supportive community, the 354th Fighter Wing is proactively working to help Airmen to build more fulfilling personal lives and improve performance on the job. The result is a more lethal, ready force that can more effectively accomplish the wing’s mission and do its part to ensure the Air Force maintains its superiority in air, space and cyberspace.