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What is AFMC Connect?

The Air Force Materiel Command is focused on building and sustaining a thriving and resilient U.S.  Air Force community through the framework of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness. Our emphasis is for all AFMC military and civilian Airmen to become more mentally, physically, socially and spiritually fit.

The AFMC Connect aims to increase unit cohesion and connectedness by creating bonds as an organization, which creates an environment where teamwork can thrive. This increases commitment to the AFMC mission, the Air Force mission, and ultimately, to each other. Connectedness is a key protective factor that assists with combating the everyday risk factors people encounter throughout their lives.  AFMC Connect is designed in a manner that provides the tools and resources leaders need to effectively communicate with their personnel based on individual and localized needs.

The recent Air Force Resilience Tactical Pause reminds us that resiliency building needs to be a part of everyday culture. Success rests with individuals engaging with one another in a way that fosters continual communication and builds relationships.  When we build connections with others, we build strength in ourselves.

In accordance with the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, AFMC believes in revitalizing squadrons by giving command teams the time, tools and resources to foster a culture that builds resilient Airmen and focuses on the unit wellness. Leaders can positively influence their workforce by reinforcing the following concepts:

  1. Stressing seeking help early and removing barriers
  2. Building connections with helping agencies and bringing services to your people
  3. Highlighting stories of individuals in crisis, who sought help and recovered
  4. Discussing risk factors for those in crisis and arming your personnel with resources

AFMC Connect is an initiative to focus on building relationships. We are investing in our collective success by providing the time, tools, and resources to enhance personal and professional performance. AFMC Connect is a multi-faceted initiative integrating a shared message across the command, while giving time and autonomy back to squadrons.  Leaders at every level must have active and sustained engagement with their people.

This is not a  "one size fits all" initiative, but rather it provides a standardized message with accompanying tools and resources to better assist in successful engagement. This is a holistic approach to strengthen resilience, reinforce protective factors and reduce unwanted behaviors through deliberate and meaningful personal and professional development. Focusing on our mission, building a shared purpose, and strong connections will aid in assisting our most vital resource, our people and create the AFMC We Need!

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AFMC Connect is for the entire Air Force Materiel Command population. Whether an active-duty Airman, civilian, contractor or family member, we are all part of the AFMC community.

Leaders at every level are responsible for integrating monthly AFMC Connect discussion topics within their existing daily mission.Throughout the year every leader will incorporate AFMC Connect topics to reinforce important strengths based messages such as resilience, team-minded, respect, engaged, etc.Topics for discussions will include concepts on suicide prevention and bystander intervention.

All AFMC Airmen are responsible for attending these sessions with an open mind and willingness to become more resilient and better connected to the AFMC family.

The objective of AFMC Connect is to work towards increasing unit cohesion and connectedness by creating bonds as an organization, allowing teamwork to occur. When we build connections with others we build strength in ourselves.
Connectedness is a key protective factor that assists with combating the everyday risk factors people encounter in their lives.
Recent feedback from the “AFMC We Need” efforts and the Air Force's Resilience Tactical Pause identified a need for increased communication from leaders at all levels. Success rests with individuals engaging with one another in a way that fosters communication and builds relationships.
This is not a compliance program to “check the box” – it’s a tool helping leaders facilitate effective discussions by investing in the professional and personal development of our most valuable resource – our people.

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