Suicide and interpersonal violence are serious issues that require comprehensive, seamless prevention, intervention, and postvention responses from exceptional leaders. In order to support readiness and build a more lethal force, leaders must foster and promote resilience among their Airmen. Leaders should familiarize themselves with available resiliency tools and resources to prevent and respond to crisis such as suicide or sexual assault.

Tools to build unit resilience and prevent crisis.
Tools for leading high-risk Airmen and navigating through a crisis.
Tools for reintegration and leading after a crisis.
Exercises that provide the opportunity for Leaders to test their knowledge, rehearse their actions, and refine contingency plans so they are better prepared to lead in times of crisis.

Resilience News

Directorate of Air Force Resilience April 8, 2019

Jiri Crowder teaching a class about AF SAPR Leadership

As the new Deputy Director of Air Force Resilience, Jiri Crowder got a chance to share her expertise and meet with students at the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate (SAPR VA) training at Maxwell Air Force Base less than three weeks after joining the Pentagon office. She told the 22 trainees in attendance that the Air Force is not only committed to improving its response and support for victims of sexual assault, but it is heavily investing in new measures to prevent sexual violence, including an innovative program to identify potential serial offenders.

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Wingman Behind "Wingmen Connect" Shares Her Story

April 8, 2019 By her own account, Staff Sgt. Shalese Tonks (31st Intelligence Squadron, NCOIC, Joint Operations) is an open book. Like most people, she has a history. But the difference between Tonks and many of her fellow Airmen is that she is prepared to put it all out there, if it will help another one of her fellow Wingmen.

“When I say I’m an empath, I’m taking that to a pretty extreme degree,” said Tonks. “I’ve had people who have come up to me describing things that I have never in my life felt, and I’ve still been able to understand to some degree what they’re feeling.”

Tonks’ ability to instantly connect with people who are troubled or going through difficult times draws upon her own personal life experience. She said members of her family struggled with mental illness. Some were emotionally abusive and narcissistic. One of her aunts, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, stole a car then drove it over the state line before turning herself in for grand theft auto. Tonks admits to suffering from generalized anxiety, and her husband was diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder while they were living in London. Her life is not only an open book, it’s a page turner.

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