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Andersen Airmen participate in Resiliency Day

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  • By Senior Airman Cierra Presentado
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Team Andersen participated in a wing-wide Resiliency and fitness day event Nov. 21, 2014, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

The event served as a reminder to Airmen to build and sustain a thriving and resilient community amongst themselves. Resiliency Day was designed to target the pillars of comprehensive Airman fitness: mental, spiritual, physical and social.

"On Resiliency Day, our goal was to use the time to reflect on our core values and emphasize a culture of dignity and respect," said Capt. Diana Wong, 36th Wing Master Resilience Trainer. "We have educated our resilience training assistants and key spouses on a toolkit of life skills so that our total force can learn to be resilient so that they can grow in the face of challenges and adversity and have strong mental, physical, social, and spiritual fitness."

Events kicked off with each individual squadron participating in resiliency training followed by remarks from Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, 36th Wing commander. Fitness activities included a push-up and sit-up competition, flag football and basketball tournaments, a relay race and tug-of-war competition following a lunch hosted by the Andersen 5/6 club.

The Andersen 5/6 club which is made up of Non Commissioned Officer's in the ranks of Staff Sergeant and Technical Sergeant, sponsored the fitness portion of the days' events.

"The event gave each unit an opportunity to put together groups of people and build camaraderie; camaraderie is extremely important and just knowing that the wingman beside you has your back is extremely important in today's military," said Staff Sgt. Kyle Collins, 36th Communications Squadron, 5/6 member. "The Network 5/6 has been looking for a way to give back to the hard working service members of Team Andersen, what better way to decompress than to get out and have some good unit competition."

Resiliency day gave Airmen a chance to experience wingmanship and resiliency through the training and team building sports.

"This resiliency day was a huge success for our Airmen.  This was a time for each of them to reflect on how their personal values lined up with the AF Core Values and Ethical Values," said Senior Master Sergeant Rena Banes, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron First Sergeant. "The Team Building events at sports day solidified the resiliency we see within our squadron. As a first sergeant, we want our members to be resilient and to know that it is about making the right decision and if they feel like they are in a bind they have others to turn to for help.  No one is in this by themselves, we are family and families always help each other." 

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