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:
- Stressing seeking help early and removing barriers
- Building connections with helping agencies and bringing services to your people
- Highlighting stories of individuals in crisis, who sought help and recovered
- 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!