The focus of our work is you – providing our Airmen and Guardians and their families the tools and resources they need to thrive. To achieve that end, we must also mitigate all instances of interpersonal and self-directed violence within the Department of the Air Force, while promoting resiliency, connectedness and respect for all.

Senior Leadership

 

Brig Gen (S) Debra A. Lovette​ (bio coming soon)

 

 

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 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.

Intention

We are dedicated to helping our forces and families find the resources and support they need to succeed and thrive in all aspects of military life.  Resiliency, mental and physical health, spirituality, positive relationships – these are the qualities for which we strive in ourselves and others. While this is our goal, we consistently look for ways to improve our tools, training, communication and initiatives for you, our most valuable resource.

Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge shares her story about a traumatic event and the resources that helped her overcome that experience as part of McConnell’s Beyond the Blue initiative. Beyond the Blue focuses on taking steps to normalize the conversations that surround seeking help. (DVIDShub.net)

Objectives

Military life for those in uniform, and for those who work and live alongside them, is demanding. Service member, civilian, or family member - our main goal is to help you meet those challenges head on by providing skills, resources and tools to not only enhance resiliency, but help you drive toward the greatest potential from each new challenge.

Every opportunity for change is an opportunity for growth. But we all could use some support along the way. That’s why we’re here – to encourage help-seeking when needed and to promote connectedness so that we can recognize the signs of distress in others. As a team, we all hold the responsibility to look out for signs of distress in ourselves and those around us so that we can take care of our #1 priority - people.

Signs were placed on a table, September 30, 2020, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. “It’s okay to not be okay” is a phrase important in ending the stigma around seeking help for mental health. (DVIDShub.net)

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Please note that our office does not provide crisis services. If you or someone you know is in crisis or has an emergency, please call 911, or contact the Military/Veteran Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.  Additional resources:  Military One Source 1-800-342-9647 or for sexual assault, the DoD Safe Helpline 1-877-995-5247.