Line of Effort: Taking Care of Our People

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  "Ready, empowered Airmen are the foundation of our success…Our Airmen and their families need - and the future of the Air Force depends upon - a culture and environment of excellence in which everyone can reach their full potential. Diverse talent is a necessity in a challenging environment that will require a wider range of perspectives, knowledge and skills. Alongside our partners in federal, state and local government and our surrounding communities, we are committed to providing benefits and services that allow Airmen to focus on their mission with confidence in their own welfare and that of their families’."

 


Spectrum of Resilience

Supporting Airmen and their families to help them thrive


Stress Management
Physical Fitness
Mental Fitness
Spiritual Fitness
Financial Services
Wellness

Spouses
Partners
Friends
Virtual Friends
Family Members
Mentors

Religious Groups
MWR
Shared Hobbies
Professional Organizations
Sports Teams
Clubs
Co-Workers

Chaplains
Military and Family Readiness Center
Victim Advocates
Victims Counsel
Employee Assistance
Ops Support Teams
True North
Unit Leaders
Military OneSource

TRICARE
Mental Health Clinic
Behavioral Health 
Counseling
ADAPT
  One of our greatest sources of strength to meet the unique challenges of military life comes from our connection with others across a Spectrum of Resilience.  Ourselves, our family and friends, our peers and social networks, as well as support agencies and clinical/medical health professionals all influence and contribute to our personal resilience.

  The Spectrum of Resilience also emphasizes our individual responsibilities as Wingmen to our co-workers, friends, and families.  Be present and ready to help your Wingman should you see there could be a need.  That is the embodiment of community, connection and care that we all (at any rank) deserve and want in our culture.  Set the example with your own Resilience and support the resilience of those around you.

 

https://www.resilience.af.mil


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  While the Spectrum of Resilience is a great program, what we know is programs do not save lives; people save lives. It’s really important that we create a culture and an atmosphere of connectedness; of purpose. It’s that culture that, perhaps, is something somebody will need when they’re having some of their worst days. They’ll know they can call on their brother or sister that’s right ne​xt to them.



At Altitude Podcast: CMSAF JoAnne S. Bass

  Airman Magazine interview with Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne Bass covering her accomplishments, priorities and the need to increase the capabilities and resilience of Airmen for a potential future fight with peer adversaries.

Resilience: The glue of the forces

  The Air Force’s Spectrum of Resilience program requires every Airman to continuously developed coping skills and techniques in order to infuse wellness into Air Force culture. 


Resiliency Research Task Force studies issues affecting Airmen 

  The Resilience Research Task Force at the Air Force Culture & Language Center studies the issues affecting our Airmen's mental health.


True North clinic and caring for military training instructors

  Steffanie Sargeant, a clinical social worker at Basic Military Training's Human Performance Squadron, explains the mission and challenges of the True North clinic.


Unexpected mental health challenges

  New to training Military Training Instructors, Tech. Sgt. Nigel Cotton shares the challenges he faced while acclimating to the new environment and the experience he had seeking mental health services.
 


Brandon Act

  Airmen and Guardians can expect to see an additional referral process for mental health care as the Brandon Act is implemented throughout Air Force and Space Force installations.

  The Brandon Act is intended to help identify and get care for mental health concerns by making it easier to access – and required of leaders to take seriously – mental health support by referencing “The Brandon Act” when they need a referral to mental health services.

  Visit the DAF Resilience site to view the Brandon Act leadership memorandum, FAQs and fact sheet.

Suicide Prevention

  On September 28, 2023, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin released a memo directing urgent actions to address suicide in the military community, building upon two years of significant work towards suicide prevention across the Department of Defense.

  Following the Secretary's establishment of the Suicide Prevention and Response Independent Review Committee in 2022, the SPRIRC conducted internal reviews and made 127 near- and long-term recommendations to address this critical problem within the ranks. 

  If you or a loved one are experiencing thoughts of suicide, you are not alone. Call the Veteran's Crisis Hotline at 9-8-8 and visit https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

Dependent Care Accounts

  In coordination with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Department of Defense has expanded eligibility for a benefit that will provide military families with another financial option for reducing the burden of the cost of dependent care, ultimately bolstering military readiness. The Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, or DCFSA, initiative provides accounts that allow eligible service members to set aside up to $5,000 per household in pre-tax earnings for qualified dependent care expenses. 

  Qualified expenses include child care, preschool, and before-and-after-school programs for dependents under 13 years of age, care for incapacitated family members of any age, and other eligible dependent care expenses that enable service members and spouses to work, look for work, or attend school full-time. 

  To learn more about DCFSAs and to learn how to reach a tax consultant or financial readiness professional, visit Military OneSource or Office of Financial Readiness.

Childcare Fees

  The Department of the Air Force is set to amend childcare fees, effective Dec. 31, in keeping with the new Department of Defense Program Fee Policy for school year 2023-2024.

  “The Defense Department is adjusting how much service members pay in childcare fees for the 2023-2024 school year to reduce the burden on lower-income families and meet the intent of Executive Order 14095,” according to a DoD release.

  Executive Order 14095, "Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers," directs the DoD to improve the affordability of childcare on military installations.

  The DoD is also expanding eligibility to service members for Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts. Service members can enroll during the 2023 Federal Benefits Open Season in mid-November through mid-December 2023, and accounts will start for those enrolled on Jan. 1.

 

 

 
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