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ASEV results, empowerment and resiliency

  • Published
  • By Col. Mike Hornitschek
  • Air Mobility Wing commander
It's been another great week at Scott AFB, with its beautiful weather, exciting Cardinals playoffs and a day to celebrate the amazing discoveries of Christopher Columbus--the original extreme adventurer! Hopefully everyone had a chance to catch up on some much needed work around the home or was able to just enjoy the weekend with friends and family.

What makes these past few days memorable as well are the "Excellent" results that we received from the Aircrew Standardization and Evaluation Visit inspection that finished up last week. After several weeks of being tested on the proficiency of our operational flying, training, standardization/evaluation and aviation resource management programs, we're thrilled that our flying squadrons have performed so well. Congratulations to a job very well done! You can read more about their accomplishments in next week's "Command Post."

When you think about it, the entire CUI experience has really just been a giant exercise in resilience for the wing. Resiliency has been, and continues to be, a key focus for wing leadership, and we are happy to report that we have begun a full out a training agenda for our teammates. For instance, we have initiated resilience training curriculum in all levels of Professional Enhancement. All enlisted Airmen arriving at Scott AFB from tech school receive eight hours at the First Term Airman Center, and resiliency training is offered at the Airman, NCO and SNCO Professional Enhancement Seminars quarterly. The next step to increase the number of participants trained are one-day mass training events which have been scheduled for enlisted members, civilians, company grade officers as well as commanders and First Sergeants.

We have also begun a Master Resilience Trainer agenda, a new initiative where team leaders are instructed in the critical-thinking skills that are proven to increase the core competencies of resilience: self awareness, self-regulation, optimism, mental agility, strengths of character, and connection.

The resilience curriculum is designed to help those trained to bounce back when facing adversity and daily challenges. As is often the case, people do not always know what form adversity will take. The charge for people therefore, is to train their minds and bodies to expect challenging events to occur across their lives and then understand how to effectively face the event in order to continue to thrive in both their personal and professional lives. The skills taught in Scott's Resilience Training will allow attendees to do just that.

I'm excited for where our training objectives are taking us and how they will help our Airmen in very practical ways. Indeed, there is much work to do in the months to come as we deal with budget and manning challenges. I know we will do all in our power to be thoughtful in our stewardships and ensure those around us are well trained and well equipped to keep Enabling Combat Power for our nation!