Resilience is the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress according to the American Psychological Association.  No career puts more of a demand on that ability than military life – not just for those who wear a uniform but also for their family members and civilians who work alongside them.  This website is dedicated to helping our Air and Space Professionals and their families thrive by enhancing personal well-being, optimizing human performance, and promoting a culture of dignity and respect for all.

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PTSD - A Chief's Story 

What is right?  What is wrong?

We can tend to look inside and say do I actually have it or am I just being weak? Pride is a good thing, but pride is also a killer when you have PTSD. When someone says PTSD we automatically think, “I wonder where they were deployed?” However, there are five main types of PTSD that effect the human psyche and we just don’t think about this until, sometimes, it’s too late.  

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Air Force Promotes Home Safety with Gun Locks


When searching the internet for information about home safety, there are numerous government agencies and nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing accidental injuries and deaths. Yet, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 167,000 people died and more than 20 million were injured in the United States in 2018 from unintentional means or accidents, many of which occurred at home.

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Brig Gen Claude K. Tudor Jr.

Brig. Gen. Claude K. Tudor Jr. is the Director of Air Force Resilience under the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va. He is responsible for providing strategic solutions that maximize resilience and normalize help-seeking behavior as strength, and for delivering the most effective prevention and response to interpersonal and self-directed violence through engaging Airmen and their families early, and pushing professional help to our Airmen in their units. He served previously as the Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Tudor was commissioned through the ROTC program at Troy State University and has spent the majority of his career in special operations ground combat assignments deploying extensively.

Chief Master Sergeant Mary F. Polanco

Chief Master Sergeant Mary F. Polanco is the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Air Force Resilience Directorate, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon. She is the principal enlisted advisor to the Director on all matters relating to the strategic planning, research and development, and implementation of Air Force resiliency programs to optimize Airman Performance. In 2002, Chief Polanco cross-trained from the Security Forces career field into the medical field as an Ophthalmic Technician, where she has served in various leadership positions for the Optometry clinics. Prior to assuming her current position, Chief Polanco served as an Enlisted Legislative Fellow in a full-time assignment on the staff of a United States Senator.

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