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Abilene Reporter-News (Texas)

Dyess Air Force Base recently received recognition by Air Combat Command for the best Comprehensive Airman Fitness practices for the fourth quarter of 2013.

"This quarter was significant because we conducted the most diverse number of base cross-organizational activities to date," said Bob Sayer, 7th Bomb Wing community support coordinator.

Dyess announced the recognition on its website.

The best CAF practices award is based on a variety of activities available to airmen to fulfill their resiliency requirements.

For the fourth quarter, the primary focus was spirituality. CAF requirements also include physical, social and mental health activities, which in turn prepare airmen to better face stress in their lives.

"Units are responsible for conducting their own CAF activities each quarter using their master resilience trainers and resilience training assistants," Sayer said. "Unfortunately, many of these units have hundreds of airmen with only three or four resilience training assistants. To help ease the pressure of getting everyone trained, we developed a wide variety of base CAF activities to offer more support to the squadrons."

Sayer has found that when CAF training is made accessible, it is easy for the airmen to receive the training they need.

CAF breeds a "culture of resilience," a trainer said.

"The fact that we won this award shows we successfully came together across the base to educate our airmen on how to be resilient." said Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Kuczkowski, 7th Bomb Wing master resiliency lead trainer.

For an upcoming quarter, the focus will be the physical pillar of resilience. To create a variety of options, the Dyess CAF planning committee is having an event called 24 Hours of Resilience.

"At least each group will have one member on the track from 8:30 in the morning on Sept. 11 to 8:30 the next morning, Sayer said. "We will also have different events to include a fitness challenge, United States Marine Crops Infantry training challenge, swimming clinics, health and wellness fair, nutrition clinic, a healthy food cook-off and a celebrity fitness trainer."


June 8, 2014




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