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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:
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!
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.
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 AFMC Connect focus for December is, "Inspire."
SAD is a type of depression characterized by recurrent seasonal patterns, with symptoms lasting about 4 to 5 months per year.
The Air Force Materiel Command held an inaugural Spouse and Family Forum, Nov. 16, linking military and civilian family members with subject matter experts and available resources across the enterprise.
The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center and its subordinate units deliver morale, welfare and recreation programs, activities and infrastructure to build and sustain ready and resilient Airmen, Guardians and families.
The AFMC Connect focus for November is recharge.
Uniformed Airmen and Guardians who experience sexual harassment now have the option to file a restricted or unrestricted report with the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) office to access advocacy services and supportive referrals.
Freeze the Gain is a weight maintenance program that encourages participants to maintain – not gain weight during the six-week challenge period, which runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 12, 2022.
The Air Force Materiel Command will host a virtual Spouse and Family Forum, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. ET, open to military and civilian family members across the enterprise.
The AFMC Connect focus for October is Endurance.
Each September, the Defense Department highlights suicide awareness and resources available for service members and families across the military with National Suicide Prevention Month.
CY22 Implementation Memo and Guidance
AFMC Connect SharePoint Site (CAC-only)
What I can do today
1st Quarter--Family Connections
2nd Quarter--Family Connections
3rd Quarter--Family Connections
To view archived 2020 and 2021 topics, visit the AFMC Connect SharePoint Site.
Spouse Thrive Guide
AFMC Leader Post-Suicide Checklist
Air Force Resilience
Military One Source
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
DoD Safe Helpline
Suicide prevention life line
Military Crisis Line
The Profession of Arms Center of Excellence (PACE)