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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!

COVID-19 Training Requirements Update

Update:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the face-to-face requirement has been suspended for the remainder of the calendar year Connect events. Leaders are encouraged to use maximum flexibility for conducting AFMC Connect monthly discussions in alternate ways as needed for their workforce. The Connect tools have been adjusted to provide material which will allow for alternate (i.e. electronic/telephonic) delivery options. There is still a requirement to collect the AFMC Connect completions for each quarter (March – Community, June – Observant, September – Commitment, December – Inspire), as they are requirements which must be reported to Headquarters Air Force. 

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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.

Connect News

  • SOAR Keeps Teens’ Mental Health at the Forefront

    Air Force Test Center’s Christeen Greenwell, Tech. Sgt. Janna Ybarra, and Ariel Eishen came together to create the Support Outreach Action Resilience (SOAR) Program, for teens at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to encourage social interaction and create a peer-to-peer support system with the goal of

  • AFMC Connect June focus: Connected

    The primary components of a successful, productive and healthful workplace is within the grasp of every supervisor. That trusted environment where participants are committed to respectful collaboration toward mission success is exemplified by members who are connected.

  • SAPR team earns national recognition

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Demonstrating their skilled and committed service to Airmen, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Sexual Assault Prevention and Response team won the 2021 Department of the Air Force Exceptional SAPR Team award.The team demonstrated its dedication to providing

  • Commentary: Be the change

    In light of Mental Health Awareness Month, Felisha Garcia, a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, gives her insight on how everyone can "be the change" when it comes to improving mental health.

  • Community Action Team champions AFMC Airmen needs

    The job of identifying, assessing and advocating for the needs of the big ‘A’ Airmen of the Air Force Materiel Command primarily falls to one group, the Community Action Team, or CAT. The CAT is a senior-leader-driven working group designed to prioritize community issues involving resilience and

  • AFMC Connect May focus: Contribute

    A healthy workplace is one in which everyone collaborates to achieve mission goals and feels compelled to contribute, which is the focus topic for AFMC Connect for May 2021. It is important for each individual Airman to contribute to a unit’s mission and to have that contribution recognized. Each

  • Air Force Employee Assistance Program widens resource umbrella

    The variety of resources available to Air Force EAP users will increase with the revamping of the program's coaching and financial services, which go live May 1.The EAP is expanding the level of support to members by encompassing “positive” engagements like lifestyle coaching, where participants can

  • FYSA: Game On!

    Game On! For your situational awareness, esports is more than fun and games. Through Air Force Gaming, Airmen now promote resilience through positive, virtual connection, inclusion and teamwork, all on their favorite platforms. Join us in the quest to explore the innovative grassroots initiative,

Monthly Topics

2022:

1st Quarter--Family Connections 

Jan 2022--Purpose

Feb 2022--Sharing

Mar 2022--Community

2nd Quarter--Family Connections

Apr 2022--Mindfulness

May 2022--Considerate

Jun 2022--Observant

Jul 2022--Motivated

Aug 2022--Accountable

Sep 2022--Commitment

To view archived 2020 and 2021 topics, visit the AFMC Connect SharePoint Site.

 

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