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Empowerment through resiliency

Airmen participate in classes to help strengthen their resiliency during a Single Airmen Resiliency Retreat at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, July 13, 2019. The retreat, hosted by chaplains from the 470th Air Base Squadron, is a key component of the unit's resiliency program aimed at helping Airmen from geographically separated units across northern Europe to build relationships, learn to trust people, and gain a sense of community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

Airmen share ideas of ways to individually be resilient in their live's during a Single Airmen Resiliency Retreat at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, July 13, 2019. Airmen spent two days at the resort to practice their four Air Force pillars of resiliency including: physical, mental, social and spiritual. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

Airmen discuss ideas regarding the results of a four lenses assessment during a Single Airmen Resiliency Retreat at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, July 13, 2019. The four lenses assessment is a tool that identifies individual's personality profile for a common language and value system in the workplace and in life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

Airmen converse during a tour of Linderhof Palace during a single Airmen resiliency retreat at Linderhof, Germany, July 13, 2019. Airmen from many shops had the opportunity to be outdoors in the Alps to practice the four Air Force resiliency pillars including: physical, spiritual, mental and social domains. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

A group of Airmen pose for a group photo during a Partnach Gorge tour at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, July 14, 2019. Approximately 27 Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing geographically separated units across Europe participated in a single Airmen resiliency retreat organized by the 470th Air Base Squadron's chaplain corps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Branden Rae)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --

Twenty-seven single Airmen from Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, Volkel AB and Kleine Brogel AB attended a Single Airmen Resiliency Retreat, at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, Germany July 12-15, 2019.

The retreat was for single Airmen within 52nd Fighter Wing geographically separated units across Europe.

“The main reason we put on this event is to give people a chance to meet each other,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Wendy Ramirez, 470th Air Base Squadron religious affairs journeyman. “It gives them that sense of community that you might not get being at a small base and small GSU. We wanted people to get that sense of community and give them a weekend where they can make connections to be more resilient while stationed abroad.”

Airmen were able to meet and connect with each other while learning and working on resiliency.

“Being resilient is important because life is an uphill battle most of the time,” said U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rashaad Taylor, 470th ABS postal clerk. “You have your good days, but you also have your bad. You have to find ways to release that bad energy, to bounce back.”

During the weekend, Airmen learned about the four pillars of the Air Force and completed a four lenses assessment.

“One of the things that stuck with me the whole time was when we went over emotional wellness just being able to understand who you are and how to function properly for yourself,” said Taylor. “It goes along ways with your day to day life. People don’t really realize it. In the future just work at it, you realize things are getting better, try to do better every day.”

Airmen were able to put the teachings into practice.

“I wanted Airmen on this trip to be able to come out here and get the resiliency training but I also wanted it to be a getaway to unwind and recharge,” said Ramirez. “And to tie the weekend in with the resiliency aspect, there is a lot more to resiliency than people usually think. People usually don’t think about the physical aspect. I really wanted Airmen to get that opportunity and I feel like that has been done this weekend.”

Since Airmen were able to connect and recharge during the weekend, they were better prepared to return back to work.

“We put this event together because we know our Airmen are working so hard,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Cyriacus Onyejegbu, 470th ABS chaplain. “They need time to relax and reflect about themselves and to continue to do a wonderful job. We want to give our Airmen not just the theoretical part of resiliency, but something that will enhance their life and help them enjoy themselves as well.”